Call for involvement: join Sheffield CLT!

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.
More news is coming soon: feel free to get in touch by email at sheffieldclt@gmail.com, Twitter at @SheffieldCLT, Facebook at SheffieldCLT or to pop up for a visit at Studio Polpo‘s offices in the Union Street Co-Working space.

Learning from the others: Lyvennet CLT

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:

(Source: http://www.communitylandtrusts.org.uk/what-is-a-clt/success-stories/rural-clts/lyvennet-clt)