Partner and head of rural services at Coodes, Pam Johns together with affordable housing specialist, Kate Bayley, helped Homes for Holsworthy (the Holsworthy Community Property Trust) win a national award for the Most Entrepreneurial Community Land Trust, presented at the National Community Land Trust conference in Birmingham on 12th June.
Pam who is also Chair of Homes for Holsworthy said “There was stiff competition from other CLTs in this category. We knew that we were among the finalists but it was a lovely surprise when we were announced as winners”.
The award recognises the flexible approach that Homes for Holsworthy takes to providing homes that local people can afford. With four different schemes completed and several more in planning the Trust recognises that “one size doesn’t fit all”. Pam says “It’s very much a case of responding to opportunities to see what will work best in a particular situation. With such a shortage in the intermediate housing market for both rental and sale to local families, it’s vital that we look beyond the traditional routes and become more innovative. We need increased cooperation between the various organisations involved in providing affordable housing. A good example of this is Foundation East, which won an award for the Most Effective Partnership at the CLT Conference for their collaboration with East Cambridgeshire District Council which has set aside £2 million to support CLT schemes in that local authority”.
There is a fast-growing Community Land Trust movement throughout the country with more than 20 enquiries a week to the CLT National Network about setting up new organisations. CLTs offer a way to provide affordable housing and other amenities to local communities, ensuring that the benefit remains within that community.
For more information on community land trusts please contact Pam Johns on 01409 255902 or email her at email@example.com