Community land trust support body to be set up

Community land trust support body to be set up

Plans have been finalised for the establishment this year of an independent support body intended to represent the needs of local bodies across England that own or manage land or assets for the benefit of the community.

The Department for Communities and Local Government recently awarded social policy charity the Carnegie UK 1hIst and research unit Community Finance Solutions a £100.000 gram over two years to set up the CLT National Facilitation Body to support community land trusts.

It is set to be delivered through an existing body due tobe announced in June and will aim to assist CLTs’ growth by forging links with stakeholders including social lenders development trusts, Councils and housing and regeneration quango the Homes & Communities Agency. It is also intended to provide training and legal advice, and lobby government.

Andrew Williamson, a consultant specializing in CLTs and a supervisory board member the new body, said: “CLTs are moving from the experimental phase to the replication stage.. This initiative is a further welcome step in their development.’