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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 lizzy@communitylandtrusts.org.uk 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. https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/482889/ConsultationNPPF_fin.pdf ‘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. http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tramway/exhibition/turner-prize-2015/turner-prize-2015-artists-assemble 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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Insurance for CLTs

October 17, 2015

Many CLTs have asked us for guidance on what insurance they require.  The answer is that each group is different, but CLTs are likely to want to consider ‘directors and officers’ cover and ‘public liability’ cover. Directors and officers cover is more useful to CLTs if extended to also cover the entity itself and CLTs…

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Bradworthy CLT and Aster

October 17, 2015

Bradworthy CLT and Aster open their 10 homes for rent after a delay for contractor insolvency. The homes were funded with the help of one the last HCA Community-led Development Grant allocations, and with grant from Torridge DC.

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Rent Reductions

October 17, 2015

We have now held discussions with all four of the housing associations who have partnered CLTs in the Wessex region and all are keen to continue working with CLTs. A housing association quoted in Wessex’s recent research attributed the appeal of working with CLTs to: “The sense of really delivering something that is wanted and needed by a community, rather than any sense of imposing something or…

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Wessex Research Findings

October 17, 2015

The Wessex CLT Project was originally formed to research and promote the role of CLTs and, in that spirit of learning, Wessex has commissioned some research into the nature of local activism. What motivates people to become involved in CLTs and what are their aspirations? What does this tells us about why these projects are…

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