Here at Bath Co-operative Alliance, we are pleased to be working with 3SG and Community Led Homes West to explore the potential for more Community Land Trusts in Bath and BANES. Together, we are hosting a workshop on CLTs on Thursday, 5 May at Fairfield House at 15.00 and would like to invite you to attend.

Please sign up to the workshop here – Community-Led Housing and Community Land Trusts | 3sg.org.uk


What are CLTs?

Community land trusts – or CLTs – are democratic, non profit organisations that own and develop land for the benefit of the community. They typically provide affordable homes, community gardens, civic buildings, pubs, shops, shared workspace, energy schemes and conservation landscapes. They are community organisations run by ordinary people who want to make a difference to their local community, putting control of assets into the hands of local people. CLTs act as long-term stewards of land and assets, ensuring they are put to the benefit of the local community, not just for now but for for the future. CLTs are now a worldwide movement. You can find out more about CLTs here – What is a Community Land Trust? | Community Land Trust Network (communitylandtrusts.org.uk) They commonly take the form of Community Benefit Societies with a democratic membership along co-operative principles.


Could we have more CLTs in Bath and BANES?

There are already groups setting up CLTs in Colerne, Marshfield and Corston as well as other groups a little further afield in Bristol, Seend, Taunton, Stroud and Weston-Super-Mare, for example. We are not yet aware of any groups in Bath itself – CLTs in towns and cities are not as common as those in more rural settings. You can find out more about the work of Community Led Homes West here – Community-Led Homes West – West of England Hub (communityledhomeswest.co.uk) and their work to bring about more “Housing for the people, by the people.”


What is the workshop for?

The aim of the workshop is to raise awareness of Community-Led Housing and Community Land Trusts and encourage those who might be interested in taking new projects forward. We hope the event helps participants:

  • Understand models of Community-Led Housing, including Community Land Trusts and how they can deliver affordable housing and protect valued community assets
  • Share experiences and learn from existing examples in Bristol and other emerging projects in and around BANES
  • Identify others who may be interested in setting up a community-led housing or CLT project in the area


RSVP

The workshop is one of a series of workshops forming part of the Bath and North East Somerset Social Entrepreneurs Programme, led by the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) in partnership with 3SG. Fairfield House can be found at 2 Kelston Rd, Bath BA1 3QJ.

Please sign up to the workshop here – Community-Led Housing and Community Land Trusts | 3sg.org.uk