What We Do

The National CLT Network is the official charity supporting Community Land Trusts in England and Wales.

The National CLT Network provides funding, resources, training and advice for CLTs and work with Government, local authorities, lenders and funders to establish the best conditions for CLTs to grow and flourish.

The National CLT Network was established in September 2010 and initially hosted by the National Housing Federation. It became a registered charity in June 2014. Download the Constitution at the bottom of the page. 

The latest Report of the Trustees and Statement of Financial Activities for 2015/16 can be found at the bottom of the page. 

Our previous year's report for 2014/15 can also be found at the bottom of the page.  

The National CLT Network is a membership body made up of CLTs and organisations from across the country. We work on behalf of CLTs and in turn, our members shape and govern our work. From just £49 for the year, we welcome you to get involved with one of the most innovative movements in housing.

We are also part of a broad alliance of organisations promoting and supporting community-led housing in the UK.

Our vision: 
 

We want to see a Community Land Trust in every community that wants one.

How we do it:

Lobbying and campaigning

This is the main focus of our work. CLTs need certain ingredients to succeed – funding, a supportive policy framework, the right level of regulation and political support at all levels. We work with national and local politicians, policy makers and funders to create the right environment for CLTs.

We are currently running a major advocacy campaign, asking Government to make CLTs a vital solution to the housing crisis, and have achieved a number of significant campaigning successes. That includes the £60 million funding for CLTs and community-led housing announced in the Spring Budget 2016, an exemption for CLTs from the Voluntary Right to Buy, a one year exception to the 1% rent cut, £25m of capital grant funding for CLTs in the 2011-2015 HCA’s Affordable Homes Programme, and £14m revenue funding to March 2015.

Raising awareness

We want more people to know what a CLT is and be compelled to set one up. We do that by promoting CLTs and what they offer through the media, working with partner organisations and holding events. That includes our new introductory film to CLTs

Ensuring CLTs have access to the right support and advice

We want to support CLTs at every stage of their journey to succeed and do that by providing:

  • Initial stage signposting and guidance for anyone interested in setting up a CLT;
  • Grants to set up and develop a CLT;
  • Resources for CLTs, including the CLT Handbook, financial and legal toolkits and best practice examples;
  • Support for enablers (CLT Umbrellas and other technical advisors) in their work with CLTs;
  • Bespoke Member training;
  • Events, including peer learning events - we believe that the real experts are the CLT volunteers who have done it before: our See it and Believe it programme linked new and established CLTs to learn from one another. We aim to launch a new programme from April 2017. 

Who we are:

Catherine Harrington, Director 

Catherine Harrington has been the Director of the National CLT Network since establishing the Network in September 2010. Her primary role is to lead the strong staff team to deliver the Network’s Business Plan, to ensure the needs of the Network's Members are met and to secure a positive future for the organisation. She has responsibility for the Network’s future funding and sustainability, building and maintaining relationships with key partners and the Network's lobbying and campaigning work, including the 2015 national advocacy campaign. From April 2015 Catherine will also be working on a major project to secure a sustainable future for the National CLT Network.  

Catherine joined the Network from the Department for Communities and Local Government. Previously she has worked at Notting Hill Housing Trust and the Institute for Public Policy Research. Catherine has an MSc in City Design and Social Science from the London School of Economics and holds a BA Hons in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge.

Contact: Catherine@communitylandtrusts.org.uk or 020 3764 1842

Bridie Lavender, Grants Coordinator and Administrator

Bridie joined the National CLT Network in February 2016 as a part-time member of staff. She came from Reprieve, the charity that fights human rights abuses, and has a background in International Development. Bridie is responsible for administration at the Network and also handles aspects of communications and membership. 

Alongside working for the Network, Bridie also works for the UK Cohousing Network, providing membership and finance support. 

Contact: Bridie@communitylandtrusts.org.uk, 020 3764 1841

Tom Chance, Head of Grants and Development

Tom joined the National CLT Network in May 2016 to lead on an inquiry into new sources of supply as part of the National Housing Taskforce, a project of the Housing and Planning All Party Parliamentary Group. In April 2017 he took on the role of Head of Grants and Development, leading on on our programmes and business initiatives to support the development of the sector.

Tom has previously worked on housing policy and practice at the Greater London Authority and Bioregional, and has an MA in Philosophy from the University of Reading.

Contact: Tom@communitylandtrusts.org.uk, 020 3764 1841

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