The Lewes Community Land Trust (Lewes CLT)
We were born in 2008 as a local membership organisation to develop desperately needed ‘affordable’ housing. We became a Community Benefit Society in 2019, led by a strong, professional Board. We are presently negotiating with Lewes District Council (LDC) to buy our first site, on which we will build seven homes for rent. View Homes for Lewes
To support this venture we hope to attract funding from the National Community Housing Fund for community-led housing, and win grants from the South Downs National Park. This will keep costs down and rents low.
Over 17,000 people nationally belong to around 300 CLTs - building more than 1,000 new community-led homes, with a further 16,000 in the pipeline We are members of the National CLT Network, who provide specialist advice and support, and are supported by Action in Rural Sussex’s (AIRS) Community Housing Hub - which helps local communities develop local sites.
How can we help you to secure a home ?
We are generating an allocations policy in conjunction with the LDC and the South Downs National Park. This will require prospective tenants to go onto the council’s waiting list but will prioritise those with local connections.
How can you support Lewes CLT ?
By joining us. Strong membership demonstrates a broad base of local support and gives you a say in how we operate. Life membership costs £1 and any Lewes resident or worker over the age of 18 can sign up.