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Community Land Trusts on BBC’s Countryfile

July 25, 2016

  Christow Community Land Trust featured on BBC’s Countryfile in July. At the time of filming, Christow CLT and Teign Housing were nearing completion of 18 affordable homes in the Dartmoor National Park. Viewers were able to follow Mat, Sophie and their family on their move from one bedroom in a family member’s house to…

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Corry Valley CLT, based in Dalwood, East Devon

Corry Valley CLT First Anniversary

July 19, 2016

Corry Valley CLT, based in Dalwood, East Devon, worked in partnership with Yarlington Housing Group to build six affordable homes for local people in the village. These homes have now been occupied for a year. Corry Valley CLT was a scheme in the first programme of WCLTP supported projects. The CLT and Housing Association celebrated…

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Government Funding for Community Led Housing

July 15, 2016

In the last budget the Government announced £60million per year would be allocated to support community led housing projects. We are hoping that this funding will be available to CLTs shortly following an announcement in September. WCLTP along with partners at the National CLT Network and BSHF (Building and Social Housing Foundation) have been providing…

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Marshwood CLT – homes complete!

June 16, 2016

Congratulations to Marshwood CLT on the completion of their homes at Bramblehay; developed in partnership with Hastoe Housing and with subsidy from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and West Dorset DC.  

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Toller Porcorum CLT – national coverage

Toller Porcorum CLT – national coverage

April 12, 2016

The homes and post office constructed by Toller Porcorum CLT and Aster Homes received a lot of publicity in February and March with coverage in national papers. Members of the CLT and Alison from Wessex CLTP were also interviewed on BBC Radio Solent. The scheme was grant funded by the HCA and West Dorset DC.

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National CLT Conference 2015 sell-out

April 2, 2016

National CLT Conference 2015 sell-out reflects strength of community-led housing movement. The National CLT Network continues to do sterling work in lobbying government on behalf of the sector, securing concessions in key policy areas such as the right to buy and rent policy. A packed National CLT Conference in January, bustling with energetic communities, was…

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A big drop in funding for rented housing

A big drop in funding for rented housing …

March 29, 2016

Also in January, the HCA announced that, backdated to 25th November (the date of the Comprehensive Spending Review) grant applications would no longer be accepted for affordable rented homes. Several Wessex-supported schemes have been caught by this announcement; schemes that had been worked-up to planning permission stage by CLTs and where HA-partners were ready to…

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Wessex CLT housing schemes

Hope for community-led housing

March 28, 2016

Anticipating the reported cuts, Wessex has been asking – more in hope than expectation! – for a ring-fenced capital fund for community-led affordable rented housing for the past nine months, initially through Oliver Letwin (who has eight CLTs and a co-housing scheme in his West Dorset constituency), and then through the National CLT Network, the HCA…

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Support services for CLTs

March 25, 2016

The Wessex CLT Project was established by Wessex Community Assets and the Carnegie UK Trust in April 2010 as a model of how technical support could be provided locally for emerging CLTs. Six years later, over 100 homes have been completed in 10 communities with a similar-sized programme in the pipeline. Nearly 20 CLTs have…

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Building Resilient Communities

March 21, 2016

Wessex Community Assets is now a year into the research project on how CLTs and Community Benefit Societies can contribute towards stronger communities. Part of the project is to work in practice with four pilot projects; Community Benefit Societies and CLTs that are embarking on new projects, setting out on the next stage of their life,…

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