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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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Not in my back yard?

August 17, 2015

CLTs consist of people who devote hundreds of hours of their time to bring projects forward. They also stake their local reputations on the quality of the outcome. Never ceasing to be impressed at such commitment, earlier this year Wessex commissioned research into what motivates people to volunteer for CLTs. The report will be published…

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Aspirational Communites: Lyme at last!

August 17, 2015

Talk of ‘affordable homes for local people’ can rumble on​ ​​in communities ​for years when​ there appear to be no suitable sites,​​ ​t​​​​here are doubts about what might get built, or​ there is outright opposition to development. CLTs succeed by providing leadership, local knowledge, drive, scrutiny, commitment and, ultimately, a vehicle for safeguarding community assets.​…

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Flourishing CLTs

August 17, 2015

Established by Wessex Community Assets and Carnegie UK in April 2010, the Wessex CLT Project now supports more than 20 Community Land Trusts across Somerset, Devon and Dorset (see map below). Over the past 5 years: 4 CLT schemes have been completed 7 are on site 3 have planning consent 2 have applications pending, and 6…

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