It is well known that in Lewes housing remains unaffordable for many people, particularly younger residents either living with parents, forced to pay high rents or move out of the town.
We believe that this can and should be addressed.
Better land use and acquisition, new sources of funding, more cost-effective design and building, and initiatives such as self build and self-finish can all make a difference.
The Community Land Trust movement emerged in America in the 1960’s as a means of providing truly affordable housing owned by local communities, and has been rapidly growing in this country. There are now over 225 Community Land Trusts in England and Wales, over half of which have formed in the last two years. The largest Community Land Trusts have over 1000 local community members each. In the UK, Community Land Trusts have developed over 700 permanently affordable homes to date and will have developed a further 3000 homes by 2020.
Lewes Community Land Trust is a not for profit organisation aiming to develop and acquire homes and other assets for community ownership and use for local benefit, in perpetuity. To help achieve this, the Trust is converting into a Community Benefit Society, ensuring that our work benefits the local community for years to come. Part of this change will involve seeking an increase in our community membership. If you have not already done so, why not consider supporting our work by becoming a member? Members will receive regular updates on our work and be invited to meetings to find out more.
The Trust was formed in response to redevelopment proposals for the North Street Quarter redevelopment. It has been a long journey, but now that planning permission has been granted we have been in discussions with Santon and Lewes District Council about acquiring a number of affordable homes on the new development. We are also looking at a range of other opportunities for small developments, and acquisition of existing property in Lewes, to provide truly affordable homes.
To achieve this, we are now looking to strengthen the Trust’s Board and are seeking new Board members with skills and experience in relation to: Finance, Land and Housing Development and Business Planning. This is an exciting time to join the Trust, with work due to start on the North Street Quarter redevelopment in the Spring, and negotiations on other site opportunities actively being pursued.
If you have the necessary skills and experience to offer we would love to hear from you. Come and help us deliver local truly affordable housing! For an informal chat please contact Graham Maunders on 07811 115494 or email email@example.com.