Latest Reseach: How rural and urban CLTs can provide secure, stable and affordable homes

Monday 10 November 2014

Study by Dr Tom Moore pulls together research on both rural and urban case studies and makes the case for local government support to scale up the sector
Funded by the British Academy and published by the Centre for Housing Research at the University of St Andrews, Dr Tom Moore's latest research into CLTs focuses on the impact they have in housing and communities across both rural and urban contexts.

The report looks at case studies of Homebaked CLT in Liverpool, Queen Camel CLT in Dorset and Lyvennet Community Trust in the Lake District and demonstrates the ways in which CLTs can effectively develop secure, stable and affordable homes for people previously unable to find housing to meet their needs.

The report highlights that by acquiring land and holding it in trust, CLTs can have the effect of reducing the impact that high land prices have on the cost of homes. 

In urban areas, the report finds, CLTs can lead the way with community-led regeneration, bringing both empty properties and local amenities back into use. Wherever they form, the report finds community activism, local engagement, and effective deliberative decision-making in the planning, design, and management of local development.

Dr Moore, now a Research Associate at Sheffield University, said "This research also shows that land trusts can be effective in urban as well as rural areas, and offer an opportunity to rethink urban regeneration in the context of public service reform and in the absence of funding for large-scale regeneration initiatives.”

Helpfully, the report breaks down some of the routes into development open to CLTs and the opportunities and risks associated with each. Beyond housing, the report highlights the contribution CLTs make to local economic development more widely.

Reiterating work the National CLT Network is undertaking as part of our manifesto and our work with the Local Government Association (LGA), the report emphasis the crucial importance of local authority support as an enabler of CLT development. The report recommends the following:

  • That support for CLTs is formally acknowledged in local policies and plans
  • That local authorities assist CLT development by providing affordable access to land
  • That consideration be given in urban areas to endowing a percentage of large developments to CLTs rather than requiring CLTs to compete for land against private developers

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