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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.


Land Trust Public Meeting on 26th March
We are holding a public meeting on Wednesday 26th March 2014 at 7.30 pm in the Town Hall Lecture Room. This coincides with Santon's third Public Consultation, which is being held in the Assembly Room at the Town Hall between 4...
Santon Public Consultation re. North Street development
The dates of the third consultation workshops are 26th March from 4pm to 9.30pm at the Assembly Room, Lewes Town Hall, High Street, Lewes BN7 2QS and Thursday 27th March from 3.30pm to 7.30pm at Southover Grange, Southover...
Lewes CLT challenge to Local Plan
Lewes Community Land trust has submitted a challenge to the Local Plan along the following lines... The CLT proposes that in order to make the Local Plan sound it should be changed to: (i) Properly and objectively assess the...
Santon Consultation Results
The results of the first stage of Santon's public consultation have just been published. The main points are as follows... The first consultation events saw 632 people attend, with 278 questionnaires and 358 other comments...
Santon's North Street Quarter Public Consultation
The  Santon Group's first 'North Street Quarter' Public Consultation is now done. There were two meetings (the second a repeat of the first) and there were people to talk to from Santon, RH Partnership (the architects...

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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