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community land trust for brighton and hove
steering group statement

Community Land Trusts (CLTs) are non-profit, community-based organisations run by volunteers that develop housing, workspaces, community facilities or other assets that meet the needs of the community.

CLTs are owned and controlled by the community and are made available at permanently affordable levels. There are many in the United States and they are fast growing in the UK, thanks to the CLT Network.

Land is usually acquired at low cost or on a low lease, which enables developments on the land (the housing etc) to be affordable. An asset lock is built in, preventing the land or buildings from being sold for profit, thereby keeping them affordable into the future. This dedication to community benefit is what can attract land at low prices and open some channels of sympathetic funding. The Community Land Trust concept is being looked at with interest by Brighton & Hove City Council.

A group of residents of the Brighton area who have strong interests in community-led housing have formed a steering group to explore the possibility of a local CLT focussed on sustainable alternatives. We are proposing an umbrella CLT – in partnership with housing groups across the city – which stewards land for a variety of individual community-led projects, including co-operative housing.

If you would like to find out more about Community Land Trusts in general see communitylandtrusts.org.uk

If you would like to find out about the local project, contact us