Merry Christmas from the National CLT Network

National Community Land Trust Network tony at
Thu Dec 26 20:03:40 GMT 2013

National Community Land Trust Network


Dear All

A very, very happy Christmas to all our readers!


Faster than a flurry of snow there's a flurry of CLT activity across 
the land. Keswick Community Housing Trust has just completed The 
Hopes, just in time for Christmas, and the gifts are being exchanged 
early in Lincolnshire as Pinchbeck and Wilsford CLTs acquire the 
freeholds on their first sites. Has someone been peeking at our Christmas list?

We're off over the Christmas period (back on 6th January), but there 
will be plenty of CLT activity to look out for from us in the new 
year. Just to whet your appetites, here's a teaser for a few things 
coming soon...
    * Taster Seminars. Building on our Getting it Built! events that 
we held around the country, organised jointly with the UK Cohousing 
Network and Locality, we'll be doing another 4 taster seminars on 
community-led housing in Oxford, Brighton, Hereford and Huddersfield 
to unlock enabling support for community housing, including from 
Local Authorities. Do let us know if there are people you think 
should be on the invite list.
    * Urban CLT Project. Thanks to generous support from the Oak 
Foundation, in April next year we'll be kickstarting a two-year 
project to support 20 pilot Urban CLTs and prove that CLTs can thrive 
in our cities. The details of this, including how to apply, will be 
available in the new year.
    * The Network is becoming independent. If you read our previous 
newsletter or have been following 
CLT blog, then you'll know that the Network is going through a big 
transition. We'll be saying goodbye to our hosts, the National 
Housing Federation, who have supported us since we were first set up. 
Instead we'll be setting ourselves up as a company in our own right, 
with a new home to boot. Look out for more updates in the new year as 
things develop or 
<mailto:hannah.fleetwood at>get 
in touch to find out more.
    * Our new membership offer. We're not just setting the Network up 
afresh - we'll also be looking at giving our members a better deal, 
following what you told us in our membership survey. We'll let you 
know more about the forthcoming benefits in February.
    * Because you're worth it - the Social Impact of CLTs. The 
Network has been working with the University of Salford to develop a 
tool to help CLTs measure and demonstrate their social impact. This 
will help make the case for CLTs to local authorities, funders - and 
your own community. We'll be looking to disseminate this in the new year.

And there's lots more in store. Happy new year!

Top stories

Hopes is now a reality

Keswick Community Housing Trust has completed their landmark housing 
scheme just in time for Christmas. Read on to hear more about why 
this is a scheme worth celebrating.

land is now held in perpetuity

Land for 24 permanently affordable homes was secured in Lincolnshire 
this week, as 2 local CLTs acquired their freeholds. Congratulations 
to Pinchbeck and Wilsford CLTs - read on to find out what they are 

reading list: Commons Sense

Make room amid the Radio Times listings for an interesting piece of 
reading over the holidays. The Cooperatives UK report, Commons Sense, 
was launched this month. Edited by CLT guru Pat Conaty and Martin 
Large, it calls for 21st Century garden city solutions that give 
genuine community ownership and capture land value increases for 
future benefit. Well worth a 
read!  <>

That's all from us until the new year. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!
Hannah and Catherine

P.s. Don't forget you can keep up with the latest news on 
<>our website, by following 
the Network on <>Twitter, or speak 
with other CLTs on the <>CLT 
Discussion Forum.

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