New Chair for Lewes CLT - Richard Pearson
We are pleased to welcome Richard Pearson as the new Chair of the Lewes Community Land Trust.
Richard, an economist, has been a Lewes resident for over 40 years. He has been a Board member
for over 3 years, and has been on the Board of numerous other local charities and organisations
including Lewes Citizens Advice, the Sussex Community Foundation, Priory School, the College,
as well as founding the “Lewes Fund”.
Richard said, ‘I am pleased to be taking over at this time when we are in the process, after
lengthy discussions, of agreeing with Lewes District Council a site on which we can build
affordable housing in Lewes Town. These homes will be reserved for those who live, work in,
or have immediate family connections to Lewes Town, and who are on the Council’s housing
waiting list. These homes will be affordable to those earning Lewes wages. Once contracts
have been signed, we will be launching our membership scheme which will enable all Lewes
residents to support the Trust in the future, when we hope to have other sites such as the
North Street Quarter on which we can develop much needed affordable housing.
Outgoing Chairman, Pru Rowntree, said 'it has been a long haul to get to the point of finding a site for our first development of affordable housing. Richard is an excellent choice to lead the Trust in this exciting development phase’.
June 4th, 2019
Lewes Community Land Trust (CLT) has now converted to a membership based “Community Benefit Society”. Anyone over 18 who lives or works in Lewes can join us as a member. Life membership costs £ 1 which buys a non transferrable share in the company and the right to vote at our General Meetings. Members will receive regular updates on our work, be invited to General Meetings and find out more about our schemes in development. Please click here for further details on how to join.