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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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Christow CLT

October 17, 2015

Briony Falch of Christow CLT whose 18 homes are 6 months from completion. Teignbridge DC provided the land for £1 to CCLT and HCA grant is supporting the 14 rented homes; the other 4 being sold at 80% of market value with a resale covenant. Teign Housing is developing the homes to Passivhaus standards under…

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The Right to Buy

October 17, 2015

Under the new Right to Buy regime, it seems that certain groups of housing association tenants can be denied the opportunity to buy the home they rent. Instead, they can be offered an alternative home or even the option to transfer their discount to a market home. Circumstances where such exemptions can be made will…

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Outstanding Community Contribution

October 17, 2015

Congratulations to Cheriton Bishop CLT for winning the award for Outstanding Community Contribution by a Group at the Devon Communities Together Annual Conference – seen here with other members of the project team.

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Moving on from housing

August 17, 2015

The majority of the CLTs we work with set up because they want their community to be a vibrant and sustainable place to live in, so they establish themselves in a way that they could take on other assets important to the community too. Wessex has found that as a CLT completed or became quite…

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New government, new challenges

August 17, 2015

Before the election, the National CLT Network published its manifesto. A post-election version is now being produced, setting out​​ measures that are both ambitious and achievable under the new government. As part of this, the Network will be making the case for protecting CLT-led projects from the Right to Buy. For our part, Wessex​ ​​has…

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Recent completions

August 17, 2015

Symene CLT, West Dorset. In May, Symene CLT and Hastoe held an opening ceremony for their 10 homes. This is one of 9 CLT projects in West Dorset alone, a district becoming renowned for its support for CLTs. Unusually these homes are provided in one community (Bridport) for another (Symondsbury) because there were no sites…

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