A Community Land Trust has been formed by Pulborough residents.

Its goal is to involve the community in acquiring village land in order to build new homes for local people at more affordable prices.

A Community Land Trust (CLT) is like a housing developer but owned by the local community. Owning, building and running property assets in Pulborough for the benefit of all Pulborough residents as well as for their children‘s generation.

CLTs allow communities to design and build local housing for themselves. They are not for personal profit but are community based organisations that develop all types of housing for young and old, together with business space, and other assets that meet the needs of local people.  They are owned and controlled by their Members, who must all be local residents, although housing for established local workers will also be considered.

There are now almost 290 CLTs in England and Wales, and they have completed 826 affordable homes. There are an estimated 5800 more homes in the pipeline - proving the success of CLTs - with several excellent local examples that can be visited. This also means that we can learn from the experience of local CLTs who are always prepared to share their experience.

There are also surprisingly generous Government grants to spend on expert help and start up costs, which we have already applied for to help get us going. You can find out a lot more by exploring the website www.communitylandtrusts.org.uk.

To see one view of why we need affordable housing in Pulborough (as presented to our launch meeting) see Why Pulborough needs a CLT.

If you already live or work in the Pulborough Parish, all you have to do to become a Member of the new Pulborough CLT is to buy a share of £1 using this formMembers can join just to find out more, to suggest ideas or, even better, to provide the knowhow and skills required to run the CLT.  We will need expert help for surveys, design, construction, fund raising, social media, and project management. 

You can also ask to be kept informed if you do now wish to become a member, e-mail pulboroughclt for more information.

Currently we are researching for suitable sites for a small development of between 6 and 20 dwellings, which may include self-build.  We have a shortlist of 3 sites but would be glad to hear of any possible sites.


About us

Pulborough Community Land Trust Ltd. was formed in August 2018 and is incorporated as a Community Benefit Society - number 7975 - Registered address Number Three, Rectory Lane, Pulborough, West Sussex, RH20 2AB.

Our Rules

Our policies

Our CLT is supported by Pulborough Parish Council, the Pulborough Community Partnership and is a member of the National CLT Network.  It abides by the Code of Good Practice set by the CLT Network.

It has a Board which meets monthly consisting of

Currently assisting the Board as Project Manager for the planning process is
Justin Harper-Ronald (Architect). 7 years in the British army before going back to university to retrain as an Architect. Currently acting Managing Director of a medium size architectural practice working on projects from £100k to £20m.

It also has a steering group of around a dozen members with various skills which meets quarterly. Latest minutes.

Currently it has around 40 members.

It has a Twitter account @PulboroughCLT  and a Facebook page 'Pulborough CLT'.

Updated 18th November 2019