Community Land Trusts
The Wessex CLT Project* is hosted by Wessex Community Assets. It was set up in 2010 to help communities deliver affordable homes and establish CLTs. The Project now has a pipeline of 16 schemes; 12 of which are due to provide around 120 homes by early 2015 with further schemes completing in 2017. Although CLTs have independently developed very inspiring housing schemes in our area - e.g. Buckland Newton, High Bickington, East Portlemouth - we have found the most popular approach to be a partnership between the CLT and a Housing Association.
* Formerly known as the Somerset, Devon and Dorset CLT Project
Complete and occupied affordable Homes in Hemyock; a partnership between Upper Culm CLT and Hastoe Housing.
Work is nearing completion on a partnership between Norton sub Hamdon CLT and Yarlington Housing. "The project manager for this project says that he is working with more and more CLTs and finds that the whole site takes on a different perspective. From his point of view, the project becomes more intimate and personal and makes everyone feel more involved with the community they are building the houses for. A brilliant accolade I thought!" Liz Maunder, Secretary, NSHCLT.
The access road being cut on the site to be developed for 20 affordable homes by Queen Camel CLT and Hastoe HA.
Ground floors going in on the Symene CLT/Hastoe scheme. There were no sites available in Symondsbury so this land was provided just over the parish boundary in Bridport and will be prioritised for people withn a connection to Symondsbury.
Work gets underway on 14 homes at Neil's View, Maiden Newton; a project led by Upper Frome Valley CLT with their partner, Synergy Housing.
The remains of the Millennium Garden in Bradworthy; not vandalised but the important features removed for reinstatement elsewhere to allow for an access road to the fenced site beyond.
In 2013, Christow CLT won the Community Council of Devon's Rural Housing Award for the most effective community group. Christow CLT and partner Teign Houisng are developing a site in the village for 18 homes; the land kindly donated by Teignbridge DC and strong support provided by the Dartmoor National Park. It will a scheme of two 'firsts' for the Park: the first CLT scheme and the first Passivhaus scheme in the Park.
In March 2014, West Dorset CLTs (Marshwood, Upper Frome Valley, Toller Porcorum, Lyme Regis and Powerstock) meet with West Dorset and Weymouth DC and Wessex CLTP; all to discuss how the allocations system might work best for their communities and to discuss opportunities for further projects through the Localism Act.
Roman coins from Queen Camel CLT's site.
The Wessex CLT Project has received generous support from a number of organisations over the past three years: Carnegie UK, Devon County Council, The Tudor Trust, West Dorset District Council, South Somerset District Council, Torridge District Council.
As required by the terms of our past grant funding, the WCLTP now recovers its costs from successful projects and receives cashflow support from the Tudor Trust and Wessex Community Assets.
Wessex Community Assets is a Full Member of the National CLT Network