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Lewes Community Land Trust

Lewes Community Land Trust (Lewes CLT) was formed in 2007 to create an effective alternative to private, profit-driven development.

Lewes CLT competes with other developers to acquire suitable local sites on behalf of the community and then build and manage developments that people actually want...

  • True mixed use developments with amenity spaces for everyone. 
  • Low cost work spaces for local businesses. 
  • The kind of homes that families want to live in – including a high proportion of affordable housing.
  • Genuine commitment to sustainable technologies.
  • A unique opportunity to bring some joined-up thinking to planning in our own town.
  • Owned by the townspeople, managed by the townspeople, for the townspeople.

The CLT's objectives include...

  • The promotion of development for the benefit of the public using sustainable means of achieving economic growth and regeneration.
  • The maintenance, improvement and/or provision of public amenities.
  • The provision of housing for those who are in conditions of need and the improvement of housing in the public sector or in charitable ownership.
  • The protection and conservation of the environment.
  • The creation of training and employment opportunities by the provision of workspace, buildings and/or land for use on favourable terms.
  • The preservation of buildings and sites of historic or architectural importance.

The Lewes Community Land Trust’s principal aims are to acquire land for affordable housing and to enhance local job opportunities.

There are some examples of CLTs working with housing associations and developers to ensure this happens and to take on legacy management – we need to keep this open as a possible way forward on the Phoenix/North Street project.

See our Events page and look in our Document Library for all sorts of related information.

Lewes CLT relaunch to aid housing crisis
Lewes Community Land Trust has obtained a £10,000 grant by the CLT Urban Fund to develop the capacity to organise a Lewes solution to the deepening housing affordability crisis. It is one of 20 grants made by the Urban CLT...
Santon-LDC planning application approved!
At a lengthy South Downs National Park Planning Committee meeting today (Thursday 10th December 2015) the committee unanimously voted to approve the Santon-LDC planning application subject to a number of conditions being...
SDNPA Planning Committee Meeting 10th Dec 2015
The South Downs National Park Planning Committee meets on Thursday 10th December 2015 to discuss the LDC/ Santon Planning Application for North Street, Lewes. Tim Slaney, the SDNPA Director of Planning, recommends approval....
Lewes CLT to provide 15 shared equity homes as Affordable Housing
Lewes Community Land Trust, Santon and Lewes District Council have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for Lewes Community Land Trust to deliver 15 shared equity homes on the North Street Quarter. “This is an innovative...
Lewes CLT visit shared equity housing scheme in Bristol
Four trustees from Lewes Community Land Trust visited Bristol last week to see what lessons could be learned from Bristol CLT’s self-finish scheme for affordable housing. “Bristol are mid-way through their development and...

To look through all the news, visit our News Archive page.

 Lewes, East Sussex

For many years the proposed "Phoenix Quarter" has been seen either as a welcome and much needed facelift for a rundown industrial estate or as a threat of inappropriate development right in the heart of our community. Now, there is a new owner (The Santon Group) and there is an opportunity for the community to have its own say about what comes next.

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