Sheffield CLT in The Star


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.


Sheffield CLT joined the National CLT Network

A further step in the realization of the Sheffield CLT: we have recently joined the National CLT Network as a Stat Up affiliate. By joining the Network, we are supporting its lobbying and campaigning to have the needs of CLTs heard by our Government, we will be able to share knowledge and experience, so crucial at the developing stage. The Network was established in 2010 and since then it helped the development of over 170 CLTs across England and Wales.
We are happy to have joined the Network and looking forward to starting this new chapter!

Five design projects for Sheffield City Centre: a community-led approach

The exhibition: “A Walk into the Future. Exploring community-­led development in Sheffield City Centre” on Tuesday the 17th of May 2016 will display the proposals of MA Urban Design Students within the Sheffield CLT, Studio Polpo ans SSoA collaborative project titled:“Re-appropriating the post-industrial landscape through community-led development”.

Group #1 – More diversity, less isolation

In the Devonshire Quarter we are have explored how a diverse range of people and groups can come together to form a community. This community-­led approach will consist of Sheffield CLT, Studio Polpo and local residents with a focus on mixed­-income housing and historic heritage regeneration in the short term, and achieving diversity of functions, stakeholders, and activities in the long term.

17 May 2016, 12:00­-14:00, S3 7UQ (near the Stoked tiles)


Group #2 – Wellington Street: Dynamic, Energetic, Collective

This interactive and informative event will showcase our proposal for community led development in the heart of the city, and we’d love to hear, see and discuss your ideas. The project is exploring the ways a Community Land Trust could enable Wellington Street to fulfill its potential as a vibrant street with its own unique identity, within a city centre Sheffield is proud of.

17 May 2016, 14.00-­17:00, Devonshire Green (near the skate park)

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Group #3 – “Live & work” in the heart of city

This project focuses on a considerable number of vacant spaces on upper floor of Fargate, which is the heart of Sheffield. Based on a series of Community-­Led strategies, we propose a ‘Live & Work’ pattern to re-­appropriate the vacant spaces in Fargate Court. The proposals aim to provide flexible spaces for graduates to live and work in Sheffield City Centre.

17 May 2016, 11:00-­17:00, In the vicinity of intersection of Fargate and High street


Group #4 – Community led Housing in Wicker

The Wicker area has been missing good affordable housing for decades. We are proposing a ten-­year community led housing strategy in the Wicker Riverside area. Let us know your opinion in an event this Tuesday morning at the Riverside Park.

17 May 2016, from 10:00 to 13:00: River Don Footbridge, Wicker, Nursery St, Sheffield S3; from 14:00 to 17:00: Corner of Wicker and Willey Street, 50 Wicker, Sheffield S3 8JB


Group #5 – 5 steps towards women-­led urban development

This project proposes strategies to establish a community land trust, which builds houses and public spaces in the borders of Burngreave, Wicker and Darnall, on both sides of the railway. It considers the community’s women as the starting point of the organisation, reinterpreting their roles in the public spaces.

17 May 2016, a tour will take place from 11:30 to 12:00 (tbc) to explain the project, with billboards around the Wicker Arches. From 15:00 to 17:00, all parts will be exhibited together in the Tesco (near Spital Hill)

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Exhibition: “A Walk into the Future. Exploring community-­led development in Sheffield City Centre” – 17.05.2016


The collaboration of Sheffield CLT and Studio Polpo with the School of Architecture at the Sheffield University (SSoA) on the six week project “Re-appropriating the post-industrial landscape through community-led development” has produced some very interesting ideas for community led developments in Sheffield City Centre. Last week we announced the presentation of the five proposals by MA Urban Design Students with great designs for a future Sheffield CLT. The aim of the project is to explore the potential of community-­led approaches to the regeneration of the city’s central areas. Each group investigated a particular zone of the city and suggested design strategies for community-led urban transformation.

On Tuesday the 17th of May the five proposals will be displayed across Sheffield City Centre in an exhibition titled “A Walk into the Future. Exploring community­-led development in Sheffield City Centre”.

More information about the projects and the programme will follow soon.

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:




Sheffield CLT is getting in motion

The Sheffield CLT project is now moving towards an ‘active’ phase in which it will engage with local community and stakeholders to discuss models, scenarios and potential routes to establish Sheffield CLT. We will be working with Studio Polpo and the MA in Urban Design at the School of Architecture at University of Sheffield to explore and propose avenues for community led development in Sheffield City Centre within the wider framework of the Sheffield CLT project.

We are now engaging possible partnerships, identifying potential locations within Sheffield urban area and drafting prospective projects. The next month will be filled with news and events to help the promotion and development of the project. Update will be published on the Sheffield CLT website, Facebook and Twitter!

The beginning: 2015 Sheffield Housing Festival

The idea of Sheffield CLT was first presented on 18th April 2015 in at the Sheffield Housing Festival organised by South Yorkshire Housing Association in the context of the Homes for Britain national campaign (led by National Housing Federation, Chartered Institute of Housing, Crisis, Home Builders Federation, National House Building Council, Royal Institute of British Architects, Residential Landlords Association, Royal Town Planning Institute).

Homes for Britain campaign is committed to ending the housing crisis in a generation, calling all political parties for urgent solutions. The housing crisis we are living implies that a whole generation is unable to start a family, cannot leave the parents’ home or is at risk of becoming homeless. This is due to a lack of construction of new homes that has led to an increase in house prices which has fostered intense speculation. Availability and affordability are the main issues that are preventing people in Britain from owning a house, creating an unacceptable situation of uncertainty and instability.

After last year presentation at the Sheffield Housing Festival at Endcliffe Park, we are now moving forward and making the first steps towards the creation of the first CLT in Sheffield.