Bishops Castle

Community Land Trust

Welcome to Bishops Castle & District Community Land Trust.  We were established in 2007 as an Industrial & Provident Society, voluntarily run by a Board of Directors.  The Directors are residents of the area, sharing the view that issues as important as the use of land need to be represented by local views and influenced by local opinion.

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Local Housing

To provide affordable housing to local people. We will build new, or renovate existing, properties.  Our policy is to own properties and let them, rather than to sell them.

Local Business

To provide premises for business and deliver more jobs for the benefit of the local community, to support growth and sustain a local rural economy.

Local Land

To make land available for allotments, market gardens, orchards and woodland as well as educational facilities where courses on good gardening and agricultural practice can be run.

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Bishops Castle

And The Community Land Trust

In 2004/05, the Bishop’s Castle Parish Plan showed that the lack of affordable homes “was the single issue that concerned the great majority of people in town with an overwhelming number of people thinking that there were not enough affordable houses to purchase or rent”.

Bishops Castle & District Community Land Trust was established in 2007, our aims reflecting the wishes of residents as expressed in the above Parish Plan and in the Housing Needs and Business survey conducted by the Land Trust Steering Group in 2006.

The BC&DLT is an Industrial and Provident Society for the benefit of the community to acquire, hold, develop and lease land and property for permanently affordable housing and asset based community development. Any member of the community over 18 can become a shareholder member of the Trust.

CLT homes are permanently affordable

The land trust will retain ownership of the freehold. The CLT can if it chooses lease land to families, individuals, housing associations and co-operatives for developing affordable homes, without ever passing the land value on to the leaseholder. Leaseholders own their houses on the land secured for them and their children by a renewable lease. When leaseholders sell their home they share the benefit of any increase in the property’s value. A CLT master plan for land use protects the natural environment, shared spaces and quality of life for neighbours.

The origins of CLTs and where they operate today

The land trust will retain ownership of the freehold. The CLT can if it chooses lease land to families, individuals, housing associations and co-operatives for developing affordable homes, without ever passing the land value on to the leaseholder. Leaseholders own their houses on the land secured for them and their children by a renewable lease. When leaseholders sell their home they share the benefit of any increase in the property’s value. A CLT master plan for land use protects the natural environment, shared spaces and quality of life for neighbours.

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