Community Land Trusts

Community Land Trusts

Community Land Trusts (CLTs) are non-profit, community-based organisations run by volunteers that develop housing and other assets that are owned and controlled by the community and are made available at permanently affordable levels. These homes are let to people with a local connection to the village in perpetuity and are not subject of Right to Buy legislation so cannot ever be sold onto the open market.

CLT membership is open to all who live or work in the defined community. The members elect a volunteer board comprised of people living within the community to run the trust on their behalf on a day to day basis.

Recently, various government grant schemes have made funding available for Community Led Housing, which is development led by the community rather than a landowner or developer, for which CLTs are the most popular delivery model. This funding can cover anything from initial set up costs, technical assistance and build costs.

If you would like to find out more about Community Led Housing or setting up a CLT, please contact the Rural Housing Enablers on 01392 248919 x 7122 or

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