Community Land Trust

Newenden Community Land Trust (CLT) is currently being established and is managed by a CLT Steering Group with the following members, all of whom are local residents or in the process of moving to the village:

Brian Livesey (Chair)Ellen Hannavy-CousenRaymond Chitty
Derek UrquhartRichard GouldCaroline Anderson-Jones
 John Tapley 

If you are interested in joining the committee, coming along to one of our meetings or have any questions, please contact us at:

What is a CLT?

CLTs are intended to provide a way for communities to satisfy their housing (and some other) needs in a way that is led by the community rather than by property developers who may be more interested in making money than in the provision of properties that actually meet the needs of people who live and work locally and which also fit in to the structure of the community.

There are certain principles that all CLTs should follow:

  • Members of the community should be at the heart of the process and centrally involved in making the key decisions of what is provided, where it is provided and who it is provided for.
  • The CLT will normally take a long term role in the ownership, stewardship and management of the homes.
  • The benefits provided by the scheme to the local area will be well defined and legally protected.

CLTs are defined in law and people living and working in the local community must be able to join the CLT as members and to control the CLT through a Board elected from members. They are intended to make a profit, but that profit is used to benefit the community, not for private purposes.

Although CLTs are primarily intended to meet housing needs, they can also be used to establish or rescue community enterprises, such as shops, pubs and bakeries or to take ownership of other community assets, such as amenity woodland.

Why does Newenden need a CLT?

A Housing Needs Survey conducted in Newenden three years ago identified a need for three new dwellings to meet the needs of people who lived or worked in the village - for example, these could be for people who were born and raised here but cannot afford to move away from their parents’ homes due to high housing costs.

Nationally, there is a need to build 250,000 new homes every year due to increasing population numbers, smaller households and improved life expectancy.

Recently, developers have shown an interest in building new homes in Newenden - most recently on Battery Bank. Such developments tend to pay lip service to the needs and interests of local residents in terms of the quality, location and design of the dwellings.

Once a CLT structure is in place, we will have a great deal of control over what is built, where it is built in the village and what criteria people should meet in order to be able to rent the homes.

The current situation in Newenden

We intend to conduct another Housing Needs Survey in Newenden in early Summer 2017 to ascertain the current needs.

We are in discussions with representatives of a Housing Association that could build and manage any affordable homes and have also held preliminary discussions with the Planning Department at Ashford council.

The CLT Steering Group are working on setting up the formal legal structure of the CLT and developing the local partnerships that will be required to meet the needs of Newenden.