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Local homes for local people
Monday, 01 August 2016 17:11

lclt_colour.jpgLewes Community Land Trust held its AGM on July 22nd 2016, where it was noted that costings from Santon are expected soon - figures that will enable the trust to firm up on its North Street Quarter proposals.

This is an exciting time for the land trust as it finalises proposals to secure and market 15 homes for local people on the North Street Quarter development site in Lewes, planning permission for which was granted in December 2015.

The Lewes CLT is supported by The National Community Land Trust Network (http://www.communitylandtrusts.org.uk/) who are working with local people to support Urban CLTs in areas where the high cost of market housing makes it unaffordable for people to buy property in their local communities.

Lewes Community Land Trust has been working with Santon and Lewes District Council on a project which will offer shared equity housing on the North Street Quarter scheme for people with Lewes connections who are currently forced to rent on the private market as they are priced out of home ownership by rocketing property values in the town.

Pru Rowntree, chair of the Lewes CLT stated: ‘An initial meeting with potential purchasers on May 19th was well attended, and we were encouraged by their positive reception of our proposal.

The scheme is aimed at local people who have sufficient income to raise a mortgage, but cannot raise enough capital to get into the Lewes housing market. They will be able to buy a percentage of equity pitched to be affordable on local wages, whilst the CLT will hold the remainder of equity. 

Properties will be owned by purchasers for as long as they need them, but will not be subject to right to buy. This means that they will be retained as community assets, and will be resold in the future at affordable shared equity prices if occupants choose to move on.

We welcome enquiries from potential purchasers and support from the local community as we develop this project. We hope that it will be the first of many local projects, and are hoping to be able to identify further similar development opportunities in the town in the coming years’.

 
Adoption of the Lewes District Joint Core Strategy
Thursday, 19 May 2016 16:35

LDC Local PlanLewes District Council adopted the Joint Core Strategy on 11 May 2016 at Full Council. This now forms part of the development plan for the district.

The Core Strategy, prepared jointly by Lewes District Council and the South Downs National Park Authority, sets the long term spatial vision and will guide future development in the district up to 2030.

Click here to read or download it.

 
Is your family trapped in ‘Generation Rent’?
Monday, 09 May 2016 10:04
  • Do you live, work or have family in the Lewes area?
  • Do you want to own a property in Lewes but can’t afford local prices?
  • Would you consider part ownership?

Lewes Community Land Trust is committed to helping local people access affordable housing.

We intend to offer part ownership of homes on the North Street, Lewes development. To qualify to buy this housing, you need to have a strong local connection and register on the council waiting list. You also need to earn enough money to raise a mortgage to part own.

But, on the other hand, our costs are based on affordability for people on average local incomes.

We want to understand how much demand there is for what we hope to offer, and to know what kind of housing you want. We are at the detailed planning stage now, and can respond to what people need.

If you're interested, please tell us more more about yourself and your housing needs by completing the brief questionnaire at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/DGDTBS6

We will be arranging another meeting soon and you will be able to book your place online here at www.lewesclt.org/residents, but you can also mail us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Lewes Community Land Trust

c/o 5 Toronto Terrace, Lewes BN7 2DU

 
Government recognises communities as new force in housing
Sunday, 20 March 2016 11:43

National CLT Network

In Wednesday’s Budget the Chancellor recognised the vital contribution that communities are making to address the housing crisis.

Thousands of volunteers across the country are setting up Community Land Trusts to build affordable homes for local people in rural, coastal and urban areas hard hit by the housing crisis.

The Government yesterday announced that £60 million of the receipts from the higher rates of Stamp Duty Land Tax on additional residential properties being introduced next month will be used to fund Community Land Trust and community-led housing developments in rural and coastal communities where the impact of second homes is particularly acute.

This measure has been welcomed by the National CLT Network, the national charity for Community Land Trusts in England and Wales.

Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville MBE, Chair of the National CLT Network said:

“We are delighted that Community Land Trusts are being recognised for their hard work in providing homes where they are needed most. The CLT movement has grown rapidly over the last 5 years as more and more communities have witnessed the impact of the housing crisis. There are now 175 CLTs and 3000 new affordable homes will have been developed by CLTs by 2020. The measure announced in the Budget could see that figure triple, ensuring a proper and rightful place for community-led housing as part of the answer to the housing crisis. This is a great outcome for the months of persistent lobbying by my team, since the General Election.”

Catherine Harrington, Director of the National CLT Network, added:

“We welcome this measure and are already in discussions with officials at the Department of Communities and Local Government and the Homes and Communities Agency on how this new programme can be best delivered, working with the wider community-led housing sector. Our best chance of success is if we create a programme that is flexible and allows for the right housing to meet local need. We will continue discussions with officials over the coming weeks.”

£20 million of the funding will go to CLTs and community-led housing in the South West.

The Chancellor in his speech yesterday singled out the Cornwall MP, Sarah Newton, for her support of local CLT initiatives.

Loic Rich, member of Truro CLT in Sarah Newton MP’s constituency said:

“Truro has the second highest level of commuting in and out of the city, after London. Too many local workers are living in poor quality and insecure rented accommodation. We’re turning that around by setting up a CLT to build quality rented housing that is actually affordable to people on local wages. We welcome the measure and the support we’ve had from our local MP.”

Geoff Pook, Chair of a CLT in Beer, a coastal village also in the South West, commented:

“The £60m funding for rural and coastal CLTs is very positive news. Making housing affordable to young people who have grown up and work in a place like Beer is essential if we are going to achieve a cohesive and sustainable community. Whilst second home owners bring many benefits to communities, in Beer it has taken standard family housing out of reach of the very people that we need to keep our village alive.”

This new funding will help rural and coastal communities across the country, including urban coastal communities.

Jess Steele OBE, Project Coordinator Heart of Hastings Community Land Trust, said:

"Hastings has always been an affordable place to live and that has created a fabulous, diverse, indeed quite eccentric community. That’s now under serious threat from rising rents and house prices. Community-led housing - bringing existing properties into community freehold and tackling difficult sites - is a crucial tool to protect what is special about Hastings in the long term so we welcome the funding announced in the Budget to support this work in coastal towns."

Stephen Hill, an adviser to CLTs nationwide, including Urban CLTs like Hastings, also welcomed the Budget proposal:

“Over the last two years, we have been supporting a number of coastal towns to develop CLTs, as part of the National CLT Network’s Urban CLT Project. Communities in Hastings, Brighton, and Truro have their own unique challenges, but all represent citizens who feel under threat, and who see CLTs as a vital step in reclaiming their city or town, working closely with their council to do the things that neither can do on their own. We had other coastal towns that we could not help through our programme. This extra political and financial support will make a big difference for them. CLTs are being given an extraordinary responsibility: they are no longer ‘small and beautiful’ but are in fact ‘small and powerful’.”

 
Read more about Shared Ownership schemes
Wednesday, 02 March 2016 08:38

Lewes CLTAt today's CLT Relaunch meeting - 7:30 pm on Wednesday 2nd March at St Johns-sub-Castro Church, Lewes - the CLT team will be talking about its affordable housing Scheme for the North Street Quarter development. You can read more about the general issue of what the Government is doing to help Shared Ownership and other affordable housing schemes on the Help to Buy East & South East website.

Do come along and join in.

 
Land Trust on Love Lewes Podcast!
Saturday, 27 February 2016 07:37

Pru RowntreePru Rowntree, Chair of Lewes Community Land Trust, is one of this month’s guests on the March 2016 Love Lewes podcast.

Listen to what Pru has to say by clicking here.

The Love Lewes podcast for March 2016 is hosted by Mark Bridge, who takes a look at forthcoming local events and introduces two guests:

  • Alex Marcovitch runs catering business Kabak. His food is for sale at the weekly Friday Food Market in the Market Tower.
  • Pru Rowntree is Chair of Lewes Community Land Trust, which is working to provide more affordable housing in the town. The group has been awarded new funding and is relaunching at a public meeting in St John-sub-Castro church, at 7:30 pm on Wednesday 2nd March 2016.

You can listen to the programme on the Love Lewes website audio player or download the MP3 file directly.

The programme was recorded in the Chic Shed at Laporte’s Cafe on Lansdown Road.

 
Public Meeting Wednesday 2nd March 2016
Thursday, 25 February 2016 13:09

I'd like to remind everyone we’re holding a public meeting for all who are interested in our proposed affordable housing scheme on the North Street Quarter development. The exact shape of the scheme is still to be finalised, so I would welcome your views and comments.

The meeting takes place in St Johns-sub-Castro Church at 7:30pm on Wednesday 2nd March 2016. Please tell your friends.

I’d also like to ask you to sign up to our mailing list so we can keep you up-to-date with regular newsletters and, if you can, please make a donation to help us cover our administrative costs. You can do this by visiting our website (http://www.lewesclt.org/) where you'll find the mailing list subscription and donation buttons on the home page.

Many thanks and look forward to seeing you next Wednesday. All the team will be there to welcome you.

Pru Rowntree, Chair Lewes Community Land Trust

Pru Rowntree

 
Lewes CLT Relaunch Meeting 7:30 pm Wednesday 2nd March 2016 at St John-sub-Castro Church
Wednesday, 02 March 2016, 07:30pm

Pru Rowntree, Chair Lewes CLTLewes Community Land Trust has been awarded a £10,000 grant by the national Community Land Trust Urban Fund to develop the capacity to organise a Lewes solution to the deepening housing affordability crisis. The grant will be used to fund legal fees, community engagement, business planning, and support in negotiating with local authorities.

Following this award, Lewes Community Land Trust is actively renewing contact with its supporters and invites them and others in the community to join or rejoin the membership scheme.

We invite you to a relaunch meeting at 7.30 pm on Wednesday 2nd March 2016 at St John-sub-Castro Church, Abinger Place, Lewes.

We are also asking volunteers to come forward to act as trustees.

Location : St John-sub-Castro Church, Abinger Place, Lewes
Contact : Ros Brewer  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
Lewes CLT relaunch to address local housing crisis
Thursday, 04 February 2016 09:41

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 Project which is funded by the Oak Foundation. The grant is designed to enable Lewes CLT to find “their own solutions to deepening housing affordability problems or to take back control of the regeneration of their neighbourhood.” The great expansion of the CLT movement has been slower in towns and cities “where challenges have been found to be more complex”.

“It’s a great honour for Lewes CLT to have been selected“, said John Stockdale the trustee in charge of fundraising. “The grant will be used to fund legal fees, community engagement, business planning, and support in negotiating with local authorities. In addition, we will be asked to help other groups set up CLTs and mentor them.

“The CLT will now start renewing contact with its supporters and inviting them and others in the community to join or rejoin the membership scheme. “We plan to call a public meeting on 1 March (N.B. now scheduled for 2nd March 2016)”, said Ros Brewer, the Company Secretary. “We are also asking volunteers to come forward to act as trustees. We are especially looking for local people who have expertise in the following areas: finance, construction and development, asset management and board management at a senior level. If you are interested please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ”.

Lewes CLT people

Ros Brewer, Pru Rowntree & John Stockdale of Lewes Community Land Trust with Tom Warder of Action in Rural Sussex on the North Street Quarter site.

 
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