Community approaches to delivery

Over 170 Community Land Trusts (CLTs) now exist in England and Wales, half of which were formed between 2013 and 2015.  CLTs are community organisations set up and run by local people to develop and manage homes and other assets.  These remain in the ownership of the community who have a strong say in the implementation of local connection criteria in relation to tenants.  You can find out more by visiting the National Community Land Trust Network website:

Northumberland has some fantastic examples of CLTs including Glendale Gateway Trust in Wooler, Holy Island and SCATA in Stocksfield.


Parish Councils can get involved in a variety of ways if they want to help in the delivery of affordable homes.  The Rural Housing Alliance, in conjunction with the Rural Services Network, produced a useful Parish Council Guide to Affordable Housing in 2014 which is available at the following link:


Effective community involvement in rural housing development is essential to achieve successful schemes which meet local need and are welcomed locally.  Some organisations work very hard to ensure schemes are developed in locations and in a way which communities support.  The Chartered Institute of Housing, in conjunction with the Rural Services Network produced a guide on ‘How to involve the community in rural housing development’ which highlights some key success factors.  The guide is available via this link: