Wessex Research Findings

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 so successful and about the capacity of communities to not only resist decline, but to develop and thrive?

The research was undertaken by Dr Tom Moore of Salford University and these are excerpts from the key findings:

Counter-intuitively, it was sometimes even the neighbours of selected sites who were the most enthusiastic and active members of the CLTs; the very people who might otherwise be cast as ‘NIMBYs’.

CLTs were seen as trusted vehicles for the disposal of land by local landowners.

CLTs address local sensitivities around issues such as aesthetics, environmental impact and eligibility for the homes; gradually refining the ‘fit’ of new homes to the communities which might otherwise oppose them.

Technical support was integral to the success of all schemes.

Volunteers contributed a huge amount of time, energy and expertise to the initial housing scheme – all without any personal financial reward.

The Key Findings are here:

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