Community Land Trusts

Community Land Trusts: Working Together to Create Affordable Housing. Community Land Trusts (CLTs) are being set up across the country to help provide affordable homes and services for local people.

A CLT may seek to acquire land or buildings and to develop them independently. Alternatively it may form a partnership with one or more Housing Associations, whereby the CLT holds the freehold, collaborates on the housing project and generates a long-term income whilst being protected from the risks involved. When a CLT holds the freehold the homes are not subject to the right to buy and will remain available to rent in perpetuity.

The Community Land Trust CLT Network is leading the movement for community ownership of land and affordable housing, supporting the creation of a CLT in every local area that wants one and bringing together CLT’s across the country to create momentum.

Here you can find the CLT Network Manifesto and their State of the CLT Sector Report 2023.

The main features of CLT's...

Land ownership. The CLT can secure the housing site in perpetuity for the community. Any housing developed will remain affordable to local people in demonstrable housing need.
Affordable Homes for Local People. Those with a strong local connection – through living or working in the Frome area, or having family here – have priority for housing. This will be enshrined in legally binding agreements.
Access to grant funding. The creation of the CLT enables government grants to be applied for community led housing schemes.
Financial viability.  The CLT can obtain an ongoing income from rents to finance the repayment of loans, cover the Trust’s running costs and hopefully provide a small income for other projects. The Trust can therefore be financially sustainable.
Potential for other projects.  The priority is land for affordable housing – using information about the current housing needs to establish the appropriate number and mix. However, the scope of the Trust provides a vehicle for FACLT to own, develop and protect other property and land.
Democratic. The Trust is a democratic organisation – with membership open to anyone having a local connection and supporting its objectives.

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