Pinchbeck Community Land Trust – formed in April 2012 to harness community support for affordable housing – has achieved national recognition, winning the Judges Special Commendation at the National Community Land Trust Network awards in Birmingham.
In the short time since the idea was first launched at a public meeting, Pinchbeck CLT has achieved legal status, secured a suitable development site and has attracted funding from the Government’s Homes and Communities Agency. In partnership with Lincolnshire Rural Housing Association, a development of 14 homes for local people is planned to start in January 2014.
The key to this exceptional progress has been Pinchbeck CLT’s comitment to partnership working and effective engagement and communication with the local community. Starting with a school’s competition to design the Trust’s logo, local people have been consulted at every step of the way. The minutes of every meeting are available at the local library, and there is a dedicated CLT e-mail address to receive comments. CLT members personally hand delivered and over 2000 invitations to a consultation event about the development proposals.
In making the award to Pinchbeck CLT, the judges explained: “We couldn’t let it go unrecognised, because it really is exemplary: it has faultlessly done everything it possibly could to engage local people in development, and has driven its project forward with remarkable pace.”
For more details about the work of Community Land Trusts in Lincolnshire, go to: www.lclt.co.uk . If you would like to discuss the possibility of developing a CLT for your community, please contact John Mather: firstname.lastname@example.org .