Move over festive feelings, the sentiment at the National CLT Network’s fourth Annual General Meeting consisted of solidarity, celebration and action.
Members and guests from all over the country attended the National CLT Network AGM and awards ceremony at the Impact Hub in Birmingham to hear about our work and achievements in 2017/18, our future plans and to recognise the positive strides the movement is making as it looks to become a mainstream housing option.
Taking members through the formal order of business, Chair of the Trustees, Cathy Bakewell stated how the expansion of the staff team from two permanent members of staff to five had been hugely effective. She also congratulated our members and their own efforts that had contributed to the growth of CLTs in England and Wales.
Key statistics from the movement in 2017/19
• The CLT movement grew 14% (32 new CLTs formed) to 261
• 840 CLT homes built
• 5,810 CLT homes planned
• 17,000+ people are members of CLTs across the country
• There are 13 enabling hubs – four of these opening in 2017/18
The National CLT Network’s annual report can be read in full here.
National CLT Network highlights from 2017/18
• Sell-out national community led housing conference attracting nearly 500 people
• Securing the Housing Minister as a keynote speaker and hearing that the Community
Housing Funding would continue
• Campaigning for CLTs to be exempt from leasehold reform proposals, and feeling
positive this will happen
• Supporting the growth of community led housing hubs across the country
• An independent evaluation of the Urban CLT Project reveals the National CLT
Network played a significant role in helping new urban CLTs to succeed
• Collaborating more closely with CDS Co-operatives, the Confederation of
Co-operative Housing and UK Cohousing.
As Beth, our Communications Manager, put it: “When I started to put together this year’s annual report it dawned on me just how much great stuff has been happening. The CLT awards reminded me why this movement is so bloomin’ brilliant!”
The event also included a special screening of Peg Alexander’s film, Britain’s Housing Crisis: A People-Powered Solution and an awards ceremony. With thanks to Peg Alexander for compèring on the night, and to our corporate partners Anthony Collins Solicitors and Ecology Building Society for making the event possible.
Tom Chance, Director at the National CLT Network, said:
“I come away from events like this feeling the closeness of the community land trust movement and its true bottom-up nature. We share a mission of making CLTs mainstream, so every community can provide the homes and facilities they genuinely want and need. We are all leaders in this movement.
“It was great to celebrate our successes as a Network - both the remarkable achievements of our members, and our national work. Together we have done a huge amount to raise the profile of CLTs, change the policy environment and support new CLTs to get going. There is a lot to feel proud of.”
A massive thanks to our corporate partners Anthony Collins Solicitors and Ecology Building Society who made this event possible.
To read more about our awards ceremony (with a twist) click here.