Winning over your council

Building a productive relationship with your council isn’t always easy. But it’s often important in taking your Community Land Trust forward. We have produced three handy documents that should help you along the way. You will find all the named documents available for download at the bottom of this page.

Does your council support CLTs?

We asked every council in England what they are doing to support CLTs and other forms of community led housing. In our 2020 request for information, we found:

  • 1 in 2 councils is now supportive of community led housing, up from 1 in 3 when we last carried out the research in 2019
  • The number of grants or loans councils have awarded to community led housing groups has more than doubled between 2019 and 2020
  • Of the councils that responded to both the 2019 and 2020 requests for information, 37% improved their scores, 57% stayed the same and just 5% earned a lower score

You can browse the complete database in this Google sheet. Find out what your council told us, and look for good examples to use when talking to your councillors and officers.

Local Advocacy Toolkit

This easy-to-digest booklet has tips and tricks to building a productive relationship with your local council. Whether you’re a seasoned group that would like to see its membership grow or a newly formed one that’s looking to build connections in your local council, we hope you’ll find this document to be useful. 

Local CLH Manifesto

It’s always good to be able to describe precisely what you’d like from your local council. This local manifesto is to help you do just that. It gives you precise asks and helps your councilors and officers understand the ways they can implement community led housing in their policies and processes.

You may find inspiration in drafting your own manifesto from the CCIN Housing Commission’s website and report, and the CLH Toolkit put together by HACT.

Local Council Template Letter

You will find that the first step to building a relationship with your council will often be via an email or letter. This is a simple and straight-to-the-point letter you can send to get your council's attention. You could send the local CLH manifesto along with this too.

There are local elections coming up in May. Click here to see if there’s one in your area. Now is a perfect opportunity to reach out to candidates to ask for their support and make a pledge to support community led housing. Grab your advocacy toolkit, local manifesto and letter and start building those relationships! If you do get a pledge please let us know. 

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to email our Campaigns Officer Sophie Haggerty at