Community Land Trust training day 19th October, Birmingham – and Digbeth CLT

The National CLT Network and the National Housing Federation partnered with Localise WM to organise a training day on Community Land Trusts on 19th October 2011 in Birmingham.

CLTs are community-driven and controlled organisations that provide land and buildings that meet the needs and aspirations of their communities. They range in size, can be rural or urban, and provide a variety of housing tenures as well as other community facilities, including workspaces, energy generation, community food and farming. CLTs provide an innovative and community-led approach to meeting local housing and other needs for long-term community benefit.

The course was for communities wanting to set up a CLT as well as local authorities, housing associations, developers, enablers and consultants who are working with communities.

LWM is not currently actively working on CLTs but more can be found on the National CLT Network website. If you are interested in setting up a CLT in the West Midlands region, we would be happy to share what we have learned.

 

Digbeth Community Land Trust

Localise West Midlands, in partnership with Accord Housing Association, Birmingham Friends of the Earth and Birmingham Co-operative Housing Services, have long been proposing to build a small ‘demonstration’ sustainable development in Digbeth, Birmingham, comprising affordable/social housing, green work spaces for environmental organisations and businesses, and wildlife garden, set up in a small-scale Community Land Trust (CLT)model, and linked to neighbouring environmental community building, The Warehouse.

Unfortunately, because of the plans for High Speed 2, for which the terminus is right next to our proposed site, and changes in Birmingham housing policy, it seems highly unlikely that this site will be available to us for a CLT.

We are keen to see urban community land trusts develop in Birmingham and the Black Country and have developed a model incorporating mutual home ownership principles into the CLT concept which we’d be very keen to see happen. We will therefore be looking for new sites for a CLT both within Birmingham and further afield.

In case at any point the scheme can be ‘unshelved’, we have kept the links below to the briefings on the scheme. These briefings also give an idea of the sorts of values that would underpin any other development we might work on.

With such uncertainty we are not actively looking for individuals and families to be part of a CLT project, but would be happy to talk to anyone interested in CLTs in the West Midlands – and will help if we can. So do contact us if you are interested.

March 2011

Leaflet (pdf 1.17MB) – introduction to the currently dormant Digbeth CLT project

Briefing – (pdf) more detailed outline of the proposals

Is this for you? – a brief overview of what sorts of things you need to think about if you are potentially interested in being part of the Digbeth Ecohub – may also be useful for other CLT proposals.  NB we are not currently looking for people to be involved in this CLT as progress has stalled; but have left this page here in case it is of interest.