Wiltshire Community Land Trust

Wiltshire CLT secures an Awards for All Grant to provide help and support for local communities embarking on Neighbourhood Plans.

Help is on the way for rural communities in Wiltshire...

11/07/2016.............................. More...

Our public sector hero - David Bowater of Wiltshire Council

Wiltshire Community Land Trust is delighted to announce...

22/07/2015.............................. More...

Two part-time vacancies at the National CLT Network

If you fancy working for the National CLT Network, ther...

16/06/2015.............................. More...

Dont' miss our Creating Powerful Communities Event on 19 November!

Creating Powerful Communities Seminar Wedne...

03/11/2014.............................. More...

Open wide the gates: Applications open to new national fund for urban Community Land Trusts

The National CLT Network has launched the bidding proc...

30/07/2014.............................. More...

Catching the Sun and the wind

Participants in the first of our Crea...

25/07/2014.............................. More...

Still time to join us to visit Westmills Wind and Solar Farms

Join us to see (and hear) what solar and wind farms are...

22/07/2014.............................. More...

A few bursary places left for National CLT Conference - get in there quickly!

Don't miss out on your chance to come to...

29/05/2013.............................. More...

Wiltshire Community Land Trust AGM, 15 May 2013

Notification is given of the second Annual G...

22/04/2013.............................. More...

What happens next at Wilton, now the Erksine Barracks site bid is won?

Wilton CLT invites you to a public meeti...

22/04/2013.............................. More...

Bursaries for CLT Annual Conference 2013 – “From I to we to CLT”

The CLT Annual Conference is happening at the...

22/04/2013.............................. More...

Free seminar, 2 February in Chapmanslade, Wiltshire

How can a Community Land Trust help you to develo...

15/01/2013.............................. More...

Introduction to CLTs and Custom Build, Swindon

On 19th November, Wiltshire CLT in partnersh...

05/11/2012.............................. More...

Wilton Community Land Trust leads the way in Wiltshire

We’re delighted to announce that W...

18/05/2012.............................. More...

Community Land Trusts - The Time has Come - Advance to Go!

Local people will be making an impact in London...

20/03/2012.............................. More...

WCLT awarded £9,960 by the Big Lottery Fund

We’re in the money! ...

23/02/2012.............................. More...

Wilton and Quidhampton Communities leading the way

At a public meeting held in Wilton on Sa...

06/02/2012.............................. More...

Honey for nothing and your chicks for free!

  If anyone in your community is inte...

13/12/2011.............................. More...

CLT Seminar- Beyond Housing- Other Community Assets

Don't miss this event in Stroud on 29 and 30 November...

20/10/2011.............................. More...

Wiltshire CLT Launch

Wiltshire CLT was officially launched on 30 June 2011...

30/06/2011.............................. More...

Threats to Rural Communities in Wiltshire

Are you worried about reports of village school numbers dwindling, the closure of the local shop or pub, or the loss of other local facilities?  In his 2008 report Living Working Countryside: The Taylor review of Rural Economy and Affordable Housing, Matthew Taylor MP summed up the challenges faced by rural areas and market towns like this:

"For many villages and hamlets the choice is between becoming ever more exclusive enclaves of the wealthy and retired, or building the affordable homes to enable people who work in these communities to continue to live in them. In many cases just a handful of well designed homes, kept affordable in perpetuity for local people, will make all the difference to the sustainability of the community and its services. At the same time, we need to make sure that there are better opportunities for the people who live in these small rural communities to find quality work, and build successful businesses. Otherwise we will see more and more villages turn into commuter dormitories, at the cost of fewer local jobs, declining local services, and the loss of genuine community life."

Taylor also commented on the risk to market towns of becoming ringed “with anonymous housing estates, business and retail parks” to accommodate the increasing numbers migrating into them.

In both rural areas and urban neighbourhoods, Taylor recommends involving local people in finding and delivering solutions that create "genuinely attractive" communities where people can want and can afford to live and work.  This is where Community Land Trusts come in.

Community Land Trusts (CLTs) are locally based organizations that own assets on behalf of their communities. Some CLTs specialise in the provision of affordable housing, some are running shops and pubs, or taking on the provision of schools and recreation facilities. CLTs are able to be versatile and to develop whatever social and economic amenities that meet the needs and interests of the community they operate in.  CLTs range in size from small rural schemes running a single unit, to complex mixed-use schemes covering a wide area.  Have a look at the case study page to see the what CLTs around the country are achieving, including Lyvennet CLT, which is behind the take over the Butcher Arms celebrated in the report on the right.