A New Independent Voice for Community Land Trusts

Tue 22nd Jun 2010

The Community Land Trust movement across England gets a huge boost today with the unveiling of a new National Community Land Trust Network to provide support and services to communities wanting to deliver new affordable homes.

The National Housing Federation will be named at the National CLT Conference on the 29th June as having been chosen to host and manage services to the new independent Network. The move comes as the partnership agreement commits the new coalition Government to creating “new trusts that will make it simpler for communities to provide homes for local people”.

The Network will provide high quality legal, financial and development advice to Community Land Trusts (CLTs). Key to its work will be to ensure experience and good practice is shared to assist communities deliver more affordable housing, workspaces and community facilities using the CLT model.

There are hundreds of Land Trusts across the USA. While every Trust has to be designed for its own community, they have in common that each provides benefit to its local community, with any profits reinvested and decisions about assets and developments taken by the whole community. By supporting Trusts to work together and to learn from the experience of others, the new Network can be the catalyst for many more communities to look at adopting this model to find new homes for local people.”

The National Housing Federation was selected following a tendering and assessment process to run the two year project to bring together stakeholders involved in developing the sector: existing CLTs, housing associations, development trusts, lenders, local authorities and government agencies.

Coodes Partner Pam Johns is a founding Trustee and current Chair of the Holsworthy Community Property Trust and has been a member of the supervisory board charged with establishing this new National Network. If you want to discuss anything to do with Community Land Trusts please contact Pam on 01409 253425 or pam.johns@coodes.co.uk.

Tue 22nd Jun 2010

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