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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a community land trust?

A Community Land Trust (a CLT) is an organisation set up to own and manage land by and for a local community. 

A CLT is defined in section 79 of the Housing and Regeneration Act 2008 as: a body corporate established for the express purpose of furthering the social, economic and environmental interests of a local community by acquiring and managing land and other assets in order to provide a benefit to the local community, and ensuring that the assets are not sold or developed except in a manner which benefits the local community.

Why do we need community land trusts?

One of the biggest needs is to provide land for affordable housing. Increasing numbers of working people find it difficult or impossible to find a secure and affordable place to live. There is also a great shortage of social housing and many working families have no access to them.

CLTs offer a way to provide permanently affordable land (it is permanently owned by the community so doesn’t keep going up in value) for housing and other local needs.


What is community-led housing?

Community-led housing consists of homes that are owned and managed by the community living in them. You can watch a film about successful community-led housing projects already happening in Oxfordshire here.


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