What is a community land trust?

  • A community land trust is a local organisation:
  • set up and run by the people of the area
  • to develop and manage homes
  • and other assets like a pub or village hall, much loved by the locals
  • and communal enterprises like creating workspaces and amenities or even food growing
  • every assignment has to be carried out for the benefit of the community.
Watch this video

Watch this short video to see another way of explaining how and why.

Other pages about the Haslemere Community Land Trust
More on community Land Trusts

A CLT is a legal structure that ensures that the housing it owns remains affordable in perpetuity and the enterprise remains “in the community, for the community, by the community”. Plus:

  • A CLT must be set up to benefit a defined community
  • A CLT must be not-for-private-profit
  • A CLT can and should make a surplus, but that surplus must be used to benefit the community
  • Anyone living and working in the community must have the opportunity to join the CLT
  • The members control the CLT (usually through a board elected from the membership)
The CLT National network

You can find out a lot more about CLTs and about other CLTs around the country and abroad from the CLT National Network website.