What is a Community Land Trust?

Community Land Trusts (CLTs) are a form of community-led housing, where local organisations set up and run by ordinary people to develop and manage homes as well as other assets important to that community, like community enterprises, food growing or workspaces. The CLT’s main task is to make sure these homes are genuinely affordable, based on what people actually earn in their area, not just for now but for every future occupier.

There are now over 225 Community Land Trusts in England and Wales, and the sector has grown six-fold in the last six years. The largest Community Land Trusts have over 1000 members each. Community Land Trusts have developed over 700 permanently affordable homes to date and will have developed a further 3000 homes by 2020. 


People set up and join CLTs in particular for all sorts of different reasons. It might be that there is a lack of affordable homes for young people or families in the village or neighbourhood, where local people are having to move out of the place they call home, and communities want to do something about it. 

Lewes Community Land Trust Vision, Mission and Values


Our vision


Lewes residents and workers can readily access affordable homes and good public amenities with related employment & training opportunity.

Our mission


To create opportunities, develop and manage affordable homes, public amenities and associated employment & training for local community benefit. 

Our values



We act for the good of the whole community - not any one faction or organisation. 

Community centered


We listen to the local community and account for our actions. 



We operate in a friendly way and with a passion for our community.



We seek fresh ways of thinking, doing and achieving.

Respectful and inclusive


Everyone can play a part, regardless of background, wealth or age.



We act to the best of our ability, strive for high standards and deliver what we promise.


Read more about the work of Community Land Trusts - please see: 

Sussex Community Housing Hub          


National CLT network

Registered  Address: 

5 Toronto Terrace, Lewes BN7 2DU

© 2018 by Lewes Community Land Trust


Lewes Community Land Trust is registered in England and Wales.

Community Benefit Society No 7828.