Welcome to the

Little Thetford

Community Land Trust


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Aim of Little Thetford Community Land Trust

To deliver an inclusive legacy that sustains community needs and provides attainable housing for future generations in our beautiful village.

By establishing a Community Land Trust (CLT), the affordable properties we create will be community-owned assets, safeguarded by a legal asset lock, protected from the Right to Buy and reserved for local people. This will ensure genuinely affordable housing is available for local people forever. Any surpluses will be reinvested back into the community and can be used to fund other important assets such as premises for a village shop, pub/café and/or village hall benefiting everyone in the village

Our aim is to give people who live and work in the village more say in how we want the village to develop in ways that benefit the whole community. Anyone in the community can join as a member for just £1 and have their say in how the CLT is run.

Updates

On Thursday 26th February we held an initial presentation to the village. Please contact us at contact@littlethetfordclt.org for future updates on events.

Membership Form

Please email completed forms to contact@littlethetfordclt.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are the answers to commonly asked questions about Community Land Trusts and how they works.

What is a Community Land Trust (CLT)?

Across the UK, Community Land Trusts (CLTs) like Little Thetford CLT are being set up as non-profit organisations run by local volunteers to develop housing, workspaces and hold other assets, such as land that meet community needs. Typically, they enable people to live closer to work, schools and families. A CLT could:

  • Develop homes for affordable rent for local people in perpetuity.
  • Develop homes for sale as shared ownership or discounted market sale to help local people get their first step on the housing ladder.
  • Develop community spaces; open green space, shared working space and amenities.
  • Promote community development.
  • Develop in a way which suits the needs of the village community!

Why do we need a CLT?

With house prices and rents being so high in the Cambridge area, many people find it hard to afford to rent or buy a home in Little Thetford, even if they are working full- time, lots of young professionals find they are stuck at home with mum and dad for longer than they would like. The CLT is set up to provide housing that is genuinely attainable for local people on local wages.

What are the benefits of a CLT?

There are a number of benefits to setting up and running a CLT. Usually, the motivation is a desire to create affordable homes that are available to local people who cannot afford open market housing or rents. However, often local people might take on another challenge facing their community, such as setting up a community shop, a village hall or purchasing the local pub when it is about to close.

  • CLTs are locally driven, controlled and democratically accountable.
  • CLTs can set its allocation policy, so it can set aside housing and develop to meet the needs of the local area.
  • CLTs, by retaining an equity share in each property, provide housing that is permanently affordable, benefitting many generations of residents.
  • CLTs give the community an asset for the future.
  • CLTs genuinely empower local communities, where communities are part of the vision and solution for their local area.

How does membership work?

Anyone who lives in Little Thetford is eligible to become a member. Members get a say in how the CLT develops the community and what its priorities are. In the coming weeks we will be making membership available. Join the mailing list to stay informed about progress and as soon as membership is open we will let you know. Being a member doesn’t have any time commitments, you can get as involved as you want.

How can I get involved?

We are looking to spread the word about what we are trying to set up, so tell your friends, family and anyone else in the village. We are also looking to gauge demand for those who could benefit from a CLT, so those who are priced out of the housing market, looking for affordable rent, have children who have moved away, or want to live closer to your work. You can let us know all these things by signing up to the mailing list. You can watch our developments on our Facebook Page @littlethetfordclt

What should I do if I'm looking for a home?

If you think a CLT could help you get your own home we really want to hear from you as you are the reason for it to exist. Please join our mailing list.