MP meets Community Land Trusts to help unlock affordable housing

Arundel and South Downs MP Andrew Griffith hosted a roundtable meeting with six
Community Land Trusts and the South Downs National Park on Friday (1st October), to
discuss their projects delivering genuinely affordable local housing for local people.
The Chairmen and Treasurers from the South Downs-based Community Land Trusts
(CLTs) met in Pulborough to share ideas for how community-owned housing is possible
with the right support in place. The projects from CLTs in Angmering, Arundel,
Pulborough, Slindon and Aldingbourne, Barnham and Eastergate have all been set up to
build homes that will stay in the community in the long-term for the benefit of those who
live locally. Their projects include a mix of affordable rental homes and shared ownership
properties.

The meeting was supported by The South Downs National Park Authority and Action In Rural Sussex (Airs). The SDNPA are encouraging of the CLT model and have helped to bring 30 houses into community ownership so far, and they welcome more projects coming online. Andrew is especially supportive of the creation of CLTs, especially in rural areas where new houses are amongst some of the most expensive in the country. He has long-held views that CLTs should be an integral part of the local planning process. At the meeting, Andrew was keen to understand what the challenges are to delivery and has offered his support to take those messages to Government.

 

Action in Rural Sussex have been providing expert advice and support to the West Sussex
CLTs as part of the Community Led Housing strategy.

Tom Warder, Community Led Housing Manager for AirS
“It was great to have the opportunity to have a proper discussion with Andrew about the
exciting community led housing projects underway by the South Downs CLTs and to draw
his attention to some of the real challenges they face. His support for a renewal of the
Community Housing Fund is a key part of this, which would allow CLTs the funds they
need to make these innovative projects happen. Community-led housing involves local
people, such as those representing these CLTs, playing a leading and lasting role in solving
housing problems, creating genuinely affordable homes and strong communities.”

Andrew Griffith MP
“I am grateful to everyone who joined the discussion. There is tremendous enthusiasm and
energy to deliver truly affordable houses and I want to make sure that there are no
roadblocks in achieving that.
“It was a productive meeting and I have been given some very useful feedback and ideas
which I will be taking up with Ministers.”

“Supporting rural communities in Sussex to be vibrant and diverse places in which to live and work.”