Community Land Trust
What is a Community Land Trust?
A Community Land Trust is a not for profit, community-based organisation that develops housing or other assets at permanently affordable levels for long-term community benefit. It can provide housing through shared equity, outright sale on the open market, for affordable rental or a combination of the above.
As well as affordable housing, Angmering Community Land Trust is interested in using land and buildings for purposes defined by members of the community, including some or all of the following:
- Flood prevention
- Community farming
- Recreational facilities
- Sports facilities
- Public toilets
- Other community facilities.
Why a Community Land Trust for Angmering?
Community Land Trusts help put a community in the driving seat by bringing them together to take forward development opportunities in their area. All members of a community have the chance to have direct influence on decision making through a membership based model. This then generates engagement, community cohesion and, in time, allows latent skills to be harnessed for the benefit of the Community Land Trust.
Angmering Parish Council is providing funding, allied to a grant from the CLT Network, which is enabling the Angmering Community Land Trust to be set up.
An initial project is being worked on and a launch event was arranged where £1 shares in the Community Land Trust were offered for people to become members of Angmering Community Land Trust. There is considerable demand for community-led housing projects that might involve houses already built, a Community Land Trust build project or even self-build homes on land owned by the Community Land Trust.
Structure and Governance
Membership of Angmering Community Land Trust is open to people who live or work in its area of benefit, primarily in the Parish of Angmering.
Angmering Community Land Trust is a Community Benefit Society, registered with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and its main objectives include:
- Providing and managing housing
- Provision of workspace
- Provision of things such as a community shop
- Provision of other community resources
Those that live and work in Angmering and support the aims of the Community Land Trust are invited to become members. Members will have the ability to elect the Board of the Community Land Trust.
Angmering Community Land Trust Board
The current inaugural board includes people with many skills and now that the project has been put together, there will be chance to volunteer for and elect a board to implement the first and additional schemes. The board currently consists of:
- Rob Martin (Secretary)
- Susan Francis (Chairman)
- Steven Mountain
- John Oldfield
- Kristina Yates
- Val Jerram
- Rosemary Terry
- Chris Dingle
Angmering Community Land Trust is primarily aiming to help people who are unable to afford a home on the open market through the following means:
Shared Equity - where members buy an equity share in the home usually in the form of a mortgage, and Angmering Community Land Trust own the remainder.
Affordable Rent - Many Community Land Trust members are not in the position to raise capital or a mortgage to buy a share in a new home. Angmering Community Land Trust would make homes available at up to 80% of local market rents.
Who can we house?
Housing can be provided by Angmering Community Land Trust to people that fit a set of criteria that still have to be agreed. Factors that might be taken into account are:
- Inability to purchase a similar home on the open market
- No current home ownership
- Suitability for the home being offered by the Community Land Trust
- The ability to afford the home on offer, at the price being asked
- To have a connection with Angmering.
Rob Martin (Angmering Community Land Trust Secretary)
Membership Application and Expression of Interest Forms
These can be downloaded here or alternatively you can pick up the forms from the Parish Council Office.