Community Land Trusts – the rise of a resistance movement

Posted by Rob Greenland.

Over the next couple of months we’ll aim to answer questions that people have asked us – on social media, at events we’ve attended etc.  If you have a question, please get in touch and we’ll answer it on here.

It’s important, if you’re considering investing, that you don’t rely on information we share in these blogposts. If you’re considering investing, please visit either our Ethex profile, or the share offer page on our website.  There you will find detailed information on the share offer, our plans, our more detailed business plan, and the Rules of Leeds Community Homes.  And of course, if you have any questions, please get in touch with us.

 

There was an excellent in-depth article in yesterday’s Guardian about the rise of urban Community Land Trusts in the UK.  We were mentioned briefly, alongside more established urban CLTs such as Homebaked and Granby Four Streets in Liverpool, London CLT and Bristol CLT.

We liked this quote from Catherine Harrington, director of the national Community Land Trust Network:

“It has become a real resistance movement now.  People are demanding more of a say about what regeneration looks like, instead of sitting back and being told what the future of their area is going to be.  It’s about changing the narrative of housing: building homes rather than investment units; having security and stability in a particular place, rather than being forced to move every six months; and mobilising popular support for development.”

Traditionally in the UK, CLT’s have developed in rural areas – typically in villages where local people want to build affordable homes to enable younger people to continue to live in the village.  It’s taken longer for the idea to get established in cities.  But that’s changing – and we’re pleased to say that Leeds Community Homes is very much part of that emerging urban CLT movement.

We received funding last year from the CLT Network’s Urban CLT Fund to help us to establish Leeds Community Homes – and to do some of the preparatory work for our community share offer, which is open until 31st January.

There’s lots of difficult work ahead for us at Leeds Community Homes, but we’re up for the challenge.  Creating permanently affordable housing in a city where there is no shortage of demand for housing, and no shortage of developers wanting to build, won’t be easy.  But our first project – to create 16 permanently affordable homes in the centre of Leeds – provides us with a great starting point.

Longer term, we want to be involved in creating 1000 homes in our city.  We want to create housing ourselves – and support others to take a “community-led” approach to creating housing.  And part of that, as Catherine suggests above, will be about changing the narrative of housing in our city.  We want to build a movement as well as build homes – a movement of people who want to play their part in creating permanently affordable, environmentally sustainable homes that people want to live in – and that other people are happy to see built in their neighbourhoods.

Raising £360,000, and creating our first sixteen homes, will be a great start.  But it’s only a start.  We have much greater ambitions.  If you would like to join us on this journey, and are in a position to invest anything from £100, please have a look at our Ethex profile and consider investing in People Powered Homes.

Leeds Community Homes – creating People Powered Homes in Leeds from Leeds Community Homes on Vimeo.

 

It’s important, if you’re considering investing, that you don’t rely on information we share in these blogposts. If you’re considering investing, please visit either our Ethex profile, or the share offer page on our website.  There you will find detailed information on the share offer, our plans, our more detailed business plan, and the Rules of Leeds Community Homes.  And of course, if you have any questions, please get in touch with us.