Do you sometimes think that your village or community could do more to tackle the challenges it faces especially around access to affordable homes and shared amenities that are vital to a lively and sustainable neighbourhood? Would you like to do something about it along with other members in your community?
Now there is an exciting chance to make some choices based on the kind of village you want to live in.
Across the UK, Community Land Trusts (CLTs) are being set up by local residents to improve the local economies and social life of their parishes, towns or cities. As independent and accountable not-profit organisations, they offer a new way for local people to shape community developments that could directly benefit them by developing housing, workspaces or other community assets that meet local needs so that more people can live closer to their work, schools, shops, clubs, friends and families.
The 2011 Localism Act and 2012 National Planning Policy Framework has provided an impetus to try to do things differently and East Cambridgeshire District Council is keen to encourage residents to get more involved in decisions that directly affect them. The first Community Land Trust in Cambridgeshire has been established by the residents of Stretham & Wilburton and plans are coming together for a new development of community owned houses, workspaces and community buildings for those villages. As the plans come to fruition, it is expected that other communities will want to follow this example.
A new adviser for CLTs has recently been appointed in East Cambridgeshire and if you are interested in looking at the possibilities for your own community why not contact Debbie Wildridge CLT Adviser on 07703 814581 to have a chat?