Thrift for Soham CLT, Cambridgeshire

In brief: Thrift CLT is in negotiation with local authority East Cambridgeshire District Council to take on the affordable housing component of a 600-unit urban extension, in partnership with a housing association and the local authority. Looking ahead to a development which may dramatically change the landscape of the town, the CLT is looking to ensure community involvement and benefit throughout; as well as homes, they are considering the provision of shops, business space, public squares and allotments.

Why they are part of the programme: Their partnership with the local authority, and involvement in a major urban extension, will be a model to follow for other places facing major housing expansion.