I don’t think many people realise how unique and independent the CLT institution is for the long-term.
Powerstock & District CLT Volunteer
The CLT is actually protecting the environment that makes the village work.
Christow CLT Volunteer
There are members of the CLT who I did not know previously and now know them, that is community-building.
Norton-sub-Hamdon CLT Volunteer
I believe in involving the entire community, not leaving it to one or two people to run the whole thing.
Christow CLT Volunteer
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Frequently Asked Questions
Community Land Trusts (or CLTs) are community led organisations set up to own assets (such as housing, land, pubs, shops) for the benefit of that community. CLTs are run by local people and everyone living and working in the community should have the opportunity to join. The first project of a CLT is usually developing affordable homes for local people.
Please do contact us for an informal conversation about setting up a CLT if your community is based in Somerset, Dorset or Devon. If your community is based elsewhere in England or Wales please contact the National CLT Network (www.communitylandtrusts.org.uk) for information on setting up a CLT and support services local to you.
All communities are different but some of the motivations we have identified are:
- Local people can be very passionate about where they live and want to keep it as sustainable and thriving a community as possible – CLTs help to make communities more sustainable by enabling appropriate development and stewarding important local assets.
- Wanting to achieve agreement within the community about the nature of development (since development can often be contentious and split communities)
- Wanting influence of the nature of any development (over such things as where homes will be built, what they will look like, and the criteria for those selected to live in the homes)
Our experience is that once a CLT is formed and begins to look at sites and talk to local land owners, sites often come forward that previously were unavailable. One reason for this is that land owners can be attracted to the community benefit of selling land to a CLT for community led homes.
Our experience is that people are attracted to volunteering for a CLT who might not have volunteered for other community activities. This could be because CLTs are very focused on one issue (at a time!)
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Registered address: Heatherton Park Studios, Bradford-on-Tone, Taunton, Somerset TA4 1EU.R