What is a CLT
Community Land Trusts (CLTs) are a form of community-led housing, set up and run by ordinary people to develop and manage homes as well as other assets. CLTs act as long-term stewards of housing, ensuring that it remains genuinely affordable, based on what people actually earn in their area, not just for now but for every future occupier.
Above Derwent CLT
Above Derwent CLT emerged from a group formed by Above Derwent Parish Council (ADPC). ADPC had recognised a need for local affordable housing across the Parish as highlighted by the returns of a survey questionnaire to produce Community Plans in respect of Braithwaite, Portinscale, Thornthwaite and Newlands Valley. There was great concern at the combined impact of high house prices, the number of second homes and holiday lets, low wages associated with tourism and agricultural industries, and the loss of affordable housing through the Right to Buy.
An open community meeting demonstrated keen interest from local residents to become involved and a Steering Group was set up. In order to move forward it was necessary to form a legal entity and so the Steering Group became a member of Co-operatives UK and, through them registered with the Financial Conduct Authority as a Community Benefit Society and with HRMC as a Charitable Company for tax purposes, emerging as Above Derwent CLT Limited. Above Derwent CLT is governed by a set of legally binding “Rules” and day-to-day management falls to a Board of Directors, elected by CLT Members. It is open to anyone (over the age of 16) to become a Member and thereby to stand for election to the Board.
The ADCLT Rules can be found here
Don Thoburn Chair
Kim Purvis Secretary
Jackie Fisher Finance Director