Why CLTs

‘With less money in the government coffers, the CLT approach provides a way of communities delivering their own services, housing, pubs, community enterprises. I really think it’s the way of the future.’ David Graham, Chair, Lyvennet Community Trust.

As a nation we are building less than half the homes we need just to keep up with the new households forming each year. 

Private rents are soaring in many parts of the country and house prices are continuing to rise.  At the same time in other parts of the country there are whole neighbourhoods blighted by empty properties, disinvestment and failed regeneration initiatives.

This is hurting communities and, in response, a rising number of communities are deciding to set up Community Land Trusts.

There are now over 225 Community Land Trusts in England and Wales, half of which formed in the last two years. 

Community Land Trusts have developed 700 homes and will have developed a further 3000 new affordable homes by 2020. However, with the right funding and support, we could see that triple. 

Community Land Trusts are not the only solution to the housing crisis, but they need to be a much bigger part of the solution. We explain why: