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 developerbut
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
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 excellentlocal examples that can be
visited. This also means that we can learnfrom
the experience of local CLTs who are always prepared to share
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 form.
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
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.
We have been busy reviewing
possible sites and there are a number of possibilities coming
up in the next few years, however there is one Rural Exception
Site that we can make a move on straight away. We are
proceeding with that as a matter of urgency, as government
grants for getting started with site surveys etc. (that are
required for applying for planning permission) are due to run
out in December.
In the meantime we are still
on the lookout for suitable sites as our application for the
above site might not be successful. Suitable sites
are, for example, where a commercial developer would not get
permission or a public spirited landowner would be willing
to accept below-market rates for the sale or rent of land.
The next Steering Group
meeting is on the 20th November, 7:00pm at Number Three,
Rectory Lane - all members and those on the mailing list are
invited to attend - for others please contact the secretary.
If you have not yet become a
shareholder, please do consider it. It only costs £1
and it gives you voting rights, which will be important when
we come to consider the type of housing we build.
You can drop your form off, with £1, at the Parish Office in
the Village Hall or at Number Three, Rectory Lane.
For more information and
answers to questions see our Q&As.
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.
MBE (Chairman). Chair of Rural West Sussex
Partnership for economic development. Governor of
Chichester College. Previously 16 yrs District Councillor,
inc Chairman, of Horsham DC. Also previously V Chair
Trustees of Action in Rural Sussex. Business
career as Division President of The Stanley Works (Stanley
(General Secretary). 40 years in the IT industry as
software engineer, project manager, training manager and
business analyst, mainly with British Airways (26 yrs).
Charity experience: 23 yrs on the committee of the
Viola da Gamba Society.
(Vice Chair & Legal Secretary). 11 years law firm experience. 6 yrs as a legal
secretary, and 5 yrs paralegal mostly covering dispute
resolution and insolvency.
(Treasurer). Qualified personal secretary/PA. 12 years in
community development and engagement - currently including
neighbourhood management all within Police/Local
Authority/Local Charities. 14 years as Cabin Crew managing
Andy Tilbrook. Recently chair of the
Pulborough Parish Council Planning & Services
Committee, acting chairman of Pulborough
neighbourhood plan group. Retired deputy dean of faculty
of Engineering, Science and the Built Environment at
London South Bank University.
Stephanie Farr. Formerly a qualified PA in London
Architectural Practices and and a Sales Executive for a
Storrington company dealing with key accounts.
Currently runs a local cleaning company with approximately
a dozen cleaners.
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'.