Cottenham Community Land Trust has been awarded a start-up grant by South Cambridgeshire District Council. The Trust is being formed to provide truly affordable homes exclusively for local Cottenham people.
The need for truly affordable homes and other community facilities has been identified in Cottenham’s emerging Neighbourhood Plan.
Once made, Cottenham’s Neighbourhood Plan will control where and how development occurs in Cottenham. The plan also identified the advantages of a Community Land Trust as a deliverer of truly affordable homes reserved for local people in perpetuity, and which cannot be lost to the open market.
The need prevails despite the market and affordable homes to be developed from recent planning permissions, which many local people will not be able to afford.
A working group has been working with advisors from South Cambridgeshire District Council, CLT East and Cottenham Parish Council’s team developing their Neighbourhood Plan to identify the need and best means to deliver the necessary housing and other facilities in Cottenham.
The group were particularly impressed by what has been achieved by Stretham & Wilburton CLT.
The Trust will be legally independent from South Cambridgeshire District Council and Cottenham Parish Council; having its own policies for what it builds and how they are allocated.
A public meeting will be held in Cottenham on Tuesday 16th January to launch the CLT and invite members to join the Trust.
To find out more about Cottenham CLT, please contact Frank Morris on Frank.Morris@vecta5.com or 0768 713084, and for more about community-led development in general, please contact Emily Mulvaney at email@example.com or 01353 616234.