First steps taken to establish Community Land Trust in Soham

Mon 16 Dec 2013

First steps taken to establish Community Land Trust in Soham

A grant of £5,000 has been approved to help set up a Community Land Trust (CLT) in Soham.

Members of Development and Transport Committee at East Cambridgeshire District Council, agreed to give the Thrift Community Land Trust the maximum grant to formally start their work.

This will involve putting in place the legal work to establish the CLT and start the basic engagement activities.

The Thrift CLT is looking to develop a number of affordable houses to part buy and rent, community buildings and playing fields at the Eastern Gateway to Soham.

Cllr Charles Roberts, Deputy Leader at East Cambridgeshire District Council, said: "At the District Council we have identified Community Land Trusts as one of the best ways to meet the local needs for affordable and market housing. They are a great way of providing new homes to our residents while giving local people a far greater say in how developments can benefit the whole community.

"The Trust in Soham is at the very beginning of its journey but we will be there to support them throughout the process. They have ambitious plans to develop the Eastern Gateway but they have the right people and organisations involved so we wish them well in the forthcoming months."

With the Soham Trust, the District Council has met its aim to help deliver two new Community Land Trusts by the end of 2013 as part of its Corporate Priorities. This work has been supported by Foundation East – a CLT umbrella organisation – who have seconded a member of staff to the authority to support this work.

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