Ringmer Area CLT Successfully Encourage Election Candidates to Back Community Led Housing – Dec 2019

With the General Election imminent, Wednesday 27th November saw Churches Together in Lewes playing host to a Hustings Meeting for the Lewes constituency and Max Pengelly, Chair of the Ringmer Area Community Land Trust, took this as the perfect opportunity to discuss the importance of Community Led Housing in helping to tackle the housing crisis that is sweeping the UK.

All five of the constituency candidates for the area – Oli Henman (LibDem), Maria Caulfield (Con), Cllr Johnny Denis (Green), Kate Chappell (Lab) & Paul Cragg (Ind) – were present at the hustings and after hearing what Mr Pengelly had to say, we are thrilled to announce that all five have pledged their support of the movement.

“We are delighted to confirm unanimous support for Community Led Housing from all five parliamentary candidates in the Lewes constituency” says Max Pengelley.

Oli Henman

Maria Caulfield

Kate Chappell & Cllr Johnny Denis

Paul Cragg







This success echoes the National CLT Network’s recent announcement on calling for the next Government to back the growing community led housing movement. The Network reports that:

In just two years the number of homes planned by community land trusts, cohousing groups and housing co-operatives has tripled to over 16,600 and with the correct support, the movement can build even more affordable homes for local people.

To ensure that we get the movement on the political radar, we are urging anyone who is involved in any aspect of community led housing to write to your parliamentary candidates and ask them to guarantee that it is on their agenda.

The National CLT Network have produced a number of templates that you can use, which can be downloaded below:

Candidate contact list – General Election 2019

Template Letter to Candidates

National CLT Network Manifesto

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