Extend the Community Housing Fund to help this emerging sector bloom

Tom Chance CROP

Longer-term certainty is needed to spread the myriad benefits seen in Cornwall from community land trust housing

Cross the Tamar and you enter a heartland of the CLT movement – Cornwall. Over 200 affordable homes have been built by community land trusts (CLT) in Cornish towns and villages plagued by second homes, and hundreds more are in development.

It was Cornwall MPs, particularly Sarah Newton, who secured the £300m Community Housing Fund in the 2016 Spring Budget.

The fund was devised to help new market entrants in England get started, work up a viable scheme, take it through planning and build it out. It helps CLTs, housing co-operatives, cohousing communities and development trusts. The fund achieves market diversification, increases the supply of affordable housing, and helps communities tackle problems such as isolation, village decline and empty homes.

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