The Holy Island of Lindisfarne Community Development Trust (HILCDT) was formed fourteen years ago to build affordable homes for island residents being priced out of a rising housing market on the island. It was the first CLT scheme to receive an investment from the Homes and Communities Agencies National Affordable Housing Programme, and forms the basis of guidelines on working with the HCA.
The trust originally obtained charitable donations to fund the construction of 7 two bedroom houses and flats for rent, going on to build 4 more 3 bedroom homes in 2009, in a unique partnership with 4 Housing Group. Ownership remains with the trust and rents are not linked to land values. Additionally, the homes cannot be sold under right to acquire rules, so affordable homes will continue to be available for the benefit of future generations on the island.
In all, about 20% of the permanent islanders and 50% of schoolchildren now live in homes provided by the trust. As part of the process to secure HCA grant, the trust became an incorporated charitable company. When it advertised for people to join the company, 80 people responded, over half the island’s population.