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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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‘Starter Homes on Rural Exception Sites’

December 7, 2015

The Government is currently consulting on whether to allow the construction of ‘Starter Homes’ on ‘Rural Exception Sites’ – see link below, items 45-47. ‘Starter Homes’ means a property sold at 80% of market value to first time buyers under 40 years of age and at not more than £250,000 outside London. It is proposed…

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‘What Next?’ – the Friends Provident Project

December 7, 2015

Many CLTs and community groups have been expressing an interest in learning more about how to deliver community owned workspace in their community. We will be running a free seminar looking at this topic on the afternoon of Wednesday 20 January 2016 at the Red Brick Building in Glastonbury, please do contact Alison for more information…

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Recognition for CLTs from an unexpected source

December 5, 2015

Community Land Trusts have received recognition from the art world recently as architects Assemble were awarded the Turner Prize for their work in collaboration with Granby Four Streets CLT in Liverpool. The Turner Prize judges praised Assemble’s “ground-up approach to regeneration, city planning and development in opposition to corporate gentrification”.

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More than Housing

October 17, 2015

CLTs have been approaching us with their thoughts about new activities after their affordable homes have been built and occupied.  We’ve also been busily recording the experiences CLTs have had in their post housing journeys so that we can share this as part of our Building Community Resilience project, funded by the Friends Provident Foundation. CLTs…

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