Putting housing in the hands of communities

Community land trust conference

Published: Wednesday, 24th July 2019

Last week we held a free conference on the subject of developing Community Land Trusts (CLT) at The Space in Sprowston. The event was designed to encourage and help local communities to explore how they can develop and manage their own affordable housing development in their area and it was really well attended by parish and town councils from across Broadland and South Norfolk.

The conference was chaired by Phil Courtier, Director of Place for Broadland and South Norfolk Councils, and featured a variety of speakers involved in the development of CLTs, who talked about how and why CLTs are developed and what support is available. Those attending also got to hear from local people who are involved in developing and running CLTs within their own communities.
 
Phil Courtier, said: “There are more and more opportunities for communities to proactively deliver homes and facilities for local people. A Community Land Trust offers a way for a community to develop and manage its own homes, ensuring they remain affordable for people in the local area who need them. We were pleased to see so many of our town and parish councils coming together last week to learn how they can help to bolster housing in their areas.”
 
Pictured (left to right) are speakers: Isobel Wright – Regional Development Manager at Hastoe Housing Association, Phil Courtier, Debbie Wildridge – Community Housing Development Manager at East Cambs Community Housing, and Tom Chance – Director of the National Community Land Trust Network.
 
 

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