Sheffield CLT was recently featured in local newspaper The Star, with founding members Cristina and Rupert speaking about the importance of including local citizens in the development process rather than leaving it to profit-seeking companies to shape the city.
“Are we going to be creating real neighbourhoods or just boxes, with little communal space, where most people don’t even know the person living next door? Is it really OK to run to outside developers and for Sheffield’s homes to be held by absentee landlords? We don’t think so. We think we need to find a way to do it ourselves.
A Community Land Trust would let local people choose the type of homes they think are needed in their city. It would enable them to get involved with the buildings in which they live, making them more likely to engage long-term with the community. It’s healthy, it’s interactive and it’s an economically stable way of doing things.”
Read the full story here.
As we are moving forward, we will be soon applying for the support offered by the CLT Network and to other grants available for projects aiming to deliver affordable houses to the community. In order to start this journey we will need to have a strong steering committee to start taking decisions, negotiate with the council and the community.
The many vacant buildings and plots in the city offer great potential for a CLT in Sheffield: their regeneration would benefit the community as a whole, in a bottom-up project where the community takes the lead and has its voice heard.
If you are passionate about your city and think that Sheffield deserves an exciting project like this, we would be happy to have you on board.
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As initial phase of the project the group explored possible ways to create a community of current and future residents in the Devonshire Quarter through inclusive activities. In their vision the area would gain a new life through historic building regeneration, public activation, new affordable housing and a revitalised outdoor public space.
Rural CLT – Lyvennet CLT
Residents of Crosby Ravensworth formed Lyvennet CLT in early 2009 and since then they achieved to develop 20 homes and rescuing the village pub.
All began with the acquisition by the trust of a former industrial site from a national company: they negotiated the purchase and were able to keep the price down “by persuading the owner to retain the two private plots to the market later.”
Their business plan included:
– 10 homes for affordable rent
– 2 homes for shared-equity ownership
– 8 self-built plots (for sale with local connection covenants, restricting residence to people with a long-standing connection to the community.)
The local pub closed in 2010, however the Trust managed to set up Lyvennet Community Pub, an Industrial and Provident Society, through a community share issue. In August 2011 the pub reopened as a community enterprise and the community is looking into an extension of the pub to host a village shop.
Have a look at their experience by watching this video: