Award for Most Effective Partnership

Mon 24 Jun 2013

The CLT National Network has presented an award for The Most Effective Partnership to one of the CLT East's programs, the Stretham and Wilburton Community Land Trust. Phil Rose is seen here accepting the award on behalf of the Stretham and Wilburton CLT.

From the CLT Network Press Release

Like so many villages, Stretham and Wilburton are facing some stark challenges. How do you face up to a lack of affordable housing and local amenities, which are vital to a vibrant and sustainable community?  

Stretham and Wilburton CLT has an answer, in the shape of a planning application for 50 new homes, new user-designed facilities for the GP and local pre-school group, 3 new workspaces for small local businesses and around 6 acres of new public open space, bridleways and footpaths. As well as land designated for a new community hall, if that were not enough.  

Working with Foundation East, the partnership has set a new standard for community-led design and consultation around development. They have worked together extensively to establish a deep understanding of what residents feel about their villages and the level of local support for action, and collaborated with other practitioners and funders to make it work. No set of plans has escaped the scrutiny of little memo pins from local residents.  

This has resulted in Cambridgeshire’s first CLT, which will go ahead without reliance on public subsidy. Working with East Cambridgeshire District Council and the landowner, the CLT and Foundation East have found a new funding model which incentivises landowners without making them rich – creating new land opportunities at the same time. East Cambridgeshire DC is building on this to develop new packages of support for community action, and to set a replicable standard across the whole district.  

Foundation East’s top tip for CLTs: “Anyone and everyone can get involved in a CLT providing they have determination and ideas”

What SWCLT said: “We really want the CLT to be different to other developers so that those that are most affected by the new development feel that their views are being listened to and acted upon. Hopefully the outcome will be a high quality development that brings real benefits to our whole community both in the short term and for generations to come.”  

What our judges said: This is a partnership which without a trace of complacency is driving a very clever, very well consulted development. The way they have worked together to design the CLT scheme has recognised everyone’s role in setting a vision for the CLT – not just the partners themselves, but also local people and the local authority – and has created a robust, well-grounded plan that really reflects the wishes of local people.    

Award for Most Effective Partnership

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