Glendale Gateway

‘The Trust has galvanised the community. We’ve sent a clear message that if there are things to be done then we can get on with it and do it ourselves.’ Tom Johnston, Director, Glendale Gateway Trust.

The Background
Glendale Gateway Trust, based in Wooler, Northumberland was established in 1996 and is a Community Land Trust registered with the charities commission. The Trust own and manages property worth £2.5M including a Community Resource Centre, a Youth Hostel, High Street shops and 9 housing units. In 2011 the decision was taken to become a registered provider of social housing and since then two new schemes have been completed with HCA funding.  

Early Days of Housing Development
In 2003 the Trust bought a number of empty High Street shops and converted the empty spaces above the shops into flats. The Trust has managed these properties for 10 years now with allocations geared towards young people.  

HCA and CLT’s Changes in government policy in 2010 encouraged the Trust to apply for registered provider status and as a result the Trust has been able to secure HCA funding and has doubled its housing stock in the last 18 months.  

Future Plans
The Trust is particularly keen to ensure the High Street remains free from empty buildings and wherever possible will convert High Street properties to new, affordable housing.