Case studies

You don’t have to look too far to find examples of Community Land Trusts providing homes for people who need them. Such trusts are now at work right across Devon, and several are in the immediate area around Colyton and Colyford.

Lyme Regis Community Land Trust

The popularity of Lyme Regis as a tourist resort means that the cost of buying or renting open market homes is high, with many taken by holidaymakers. Yet, given the seasonal nature of much local employment, incomes for younger people are often low. Put the two together and you have a substantial need for affordable homes. The Lyme Regis Community Land Trust was incorporated in 2014 and spent more than two years identifying a site and achieving planning permission. The CLT selected the Yarlington Housing Group as its housing association, and in 2017 took delivery of a mix of 15 one, two and three-bedroom homes which have now all been rented at affordable prices.

Upper Coly Valley Community Land Trust

The Upper Coly Valley Community Land Trust was formed in 2016 and is aiming to provide six affordable homes on a site at Northleigh. Over recent months a series of surveys have been produced looking at the opportunities and constraints that may impact the development of the site The CLT hopes to achieve planning permission by November 2018.

Beer Community Land Trust

The Beer Community Land Trust was set up in 2013, and in January 2015 delivered seven affordable homes. While some of the homes are being sold as part-equity properties, others will be retained for rent to qualifying local people. The project was recognised in the Devon Rural Housing Awards 2014 with a ‘highly commended’ in the outstanding community contribution category.