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A big drop in funding for rented housing

A big drop in funding for rented housing …

March 29, 2016

Also in January, the HCA announced that, backdated to 25th November (the date of the Comprehensive Spending Review) grant applications would no longer be accepted for affordable rented homes. Several Wessex-supported schemes have been caught by this announcement; schemes that had been worked-up to planning permission stage by CLTs and where HA-partners were ready to…

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Hope for community-led housing

March 28, 2016

Anticipating the reported cuts, Wessex has been asking – more in hope than expectation! – for a ring-fenced capital fund for community-led affordable rented housing for the past nine months, initially through Oliver Letwin (who has eight CLTs and a co-housing scheme in his West Dorset constituency), and then through the National CLT Network, the HCA…

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Support services for CLTs

March 25, 2016

The Wessex CLT Project was established by Wessex Community Assets and the Carnegie UK Trust in April 2010 as a model of how technical support could be provided locally for emerging CLTs. Six years later, over 100 homes have been completed in 10 communities with a similar-sized programme in the pipeline. Nearly 20 CLTs have…

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Building Resilient Communities

March 21, 2016

Wessex Community Assets is now a year into the research project on how CLTs and Community Benefit Societies can contribute towards stronger communities. Part of the project is to work in practice with four pilot projects; Community Benefit Societies and CLTs that are embarking on new projects, setting out on the next stage of their life,…

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Cheriton Bishop CLT and Toller Porcorum CLT

December 24, 2015

Congratulations to Toller Porcorum CLT on their award by Dorset Volunteer Centre: Volunteer Group of the Year. TPCLT worked with Aster Homes, West Dorset DC and others to develop 6 homes and a PO. And congratulations to Cheriton Bishop CLT on their award from Devon Communities Together for Outstanding Community Contribution by a Group. CBCLT is working with Teign…

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The Motivations and Aspirations of CLT Volunteers

December 22, 2015

Wessex Community Assets’ full report is now available here:

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The Right to Buy

December 19, 2015

Although statutory protection from the Right to Buy will no longer apply to small rural villages, it is now clear that there will be no new legislation to over-ride the legal barriers that are locally in place. In our view, such local legal barriers will effectively protect Wessex-supported CLT/HA schemes from the Right to Buy: All…

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Hastoe’s review of working with CLTs

December 15, 2015

In November, Hastoe Housing Group held a review of its work with Queen Camel, Marshwood, Upper Culm, Symene and BSUP&C CLTs; an event that included representatives from all five CLTs, Hastoe staff and board members, several local authorities, Devon Communities Together, solicitors and Wessex CLTP. The purpose of the event was for Hastoe to learn first-hand about what had gone…

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National CLT Network Conference

December 10, 2015

If any CLTs are interested in bursaries to attend ‘Housing: It’s In Our Hands’, the National CLT Conference 2016, there are some available on a first come, first serve basis. To receive your free place please email the National CLT network at with the subject line ‘CLT FREE PLACE‘ and include the name of your Trust and…

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Development Funding

December 9, 2015

Further to the Comprehensive Spending Review in November, government funding for rented housing is set to decline over the next few years to a significantly lower level than in then past. In high value areas such as Dorset, Devon and Somerset, home-ownership – even with the sort of discounts now being promoted by the government – will continue to be unavailable to people…

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