Our mission is
Our mission is
“to provide sustainable affordable housing,
and workspace for community enterprises, in Somerset;
promoting co-operative principles and equality of opportunity
for the benefit of the community.”
SCCLT is a new co-operative society working to address the chronic shortage of affordable sustainable housing in Somerset, at the same time as creating incubators for new and growing community enterprises. Unlike other community land trusts, we see our main focus as being urban development where we add value to sites by mobilising volunteers and designing imaginative conversions; and keep costs low by reusing buildings and employing low impact building methods. We are also unusual in placing tenants at the heart of our governance structure, so that the land trust is always accountable to its intended beneficiaries. At the same time, any Somerset resident can join and have a say in how the society is run; people outside the traditional county can also join, but have limited voting rights in order to protect our mutual status.
Download our leaflet for more information.
We now own a property on East Reach in Taunton which we plan to develop for social housing and community workspace. 10 East Reach is a listed building and has considerable potential for additional uses on the substantial plot of land to the rear. Even without further development it can deliver four flats and a shop front for community enterprises in Taunton. In particular, we hope to provide the first high street outlet for credit union savings and loans.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
We've been in discussion with the neighbourhood planning team in Burnham and Highbridge who have lately done excellent work consulting about how the area should develop (you can find out more about them here). They have identified some real needs in Highbridge, and there are sites that we may be able to acquire to make their vision a reality.
If you live in the Highbridge area and you'd like to see local people implementing a vision that local people have developed, please consider becoming a member of the CLT - the application form is easy to download, just follow the link.
Monday, January 9, 2017
Friday, November 4, 2016
For the last two years, some pioneering activists have been taking on small plots around Taunton - most notably the back garden of 10 East Reach, owned by Somerset Co-operative Community Land Trust. Some unpromising and frankly messy land has produced wonders - huge pumpkins, lush kale, tasty courgettes and broad beans. Much of this produce has been passed on to Taunton Open Door to help the homeless people they support.
But now the project is at a crossroads - there are oppotunities to develop and enlarge it, but also a shortage of people to make it happen. We need you!
A great chance to visit 10 East Reach, find out about the gardening work and be part of an exciting new project is coming up. We're holding a community gardening event at 3pm on the 23rd November at 10 East Reach. Please join us to learn more about urban growing and small scale agriculture with not only David Clegg (head gardener at 10 East Reach) but also James Dexter of Wild Geese Acres, a local smallholder with the Ecological Land Co-op.
If you've ever known the joy of getting your hands properly dirty, you won't want to miss this.
Friday, October 21, 2016
To see our project page at Aviva Community Fund, click here!
Monday, August 22, 2016
Free wireless broadband is provided, as well as access to a shared garden to the rear. A proportion of rent is set aside in a fund to assist tenants with improving their housing options when they move on.
We offer opportunities to play an active role in a friendl organisation run on co-operative and sustainable principles. It is a no-smoking flat; pets may be considered.
Preference will be given to active volunteers and those in unaffordable housing or otherwise in housing need. Prospective tenants should be reliable and socially aware.
For more details call in at 10 East Reach (Mon, Wed, Fri 10 - 3) or call 0300 456 2265 and leave a message - or simply click on 'become a tenant' in the sidebar to the right.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
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Thursday, June 25, 2015
Effectively, the proposal is that the government should be given the power to take housing away from independent charitable organisations, and give it at a discount to people who already have a secure home. This will make it much harder for those organisations house people who are homeless.
For us, the big question is will it affect Community Land Trusts? We simply don't know. There is a presumption that only recipients of government grant will be affected - but which grants? We have had CLT start up grant, which came from public funds in the first place.
Even if we aren't affected, it will create a surge in housing need that we can't handle. Housing Associations must be allowed to opt out of this policy if they think it would damage their ability to help homeless people.
Please write to your MP - here are template letters for the Somerset MPs.
Letter to Rebecca Pow (Taunton)
Letter to Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater)
Letter to Marcus Fysh (Yeovil)
Letter to James Heappey (Wells)
Letter to David Warburton (Somerton and Frome)
Thanks to the National CLT Network for their work on these templates.