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. We place 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, with limited voting rights. Download our leaflet for more information.

If you'd like to know more about the services available in our shop, why not visit the Somerset Co-operative Hub website?

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Our community newsletter for Taunton

We've just started circulating a community newsletter to Taunton residents that we hope will help people to benefit from our services and get involved in our community. Ten thousand homes, mostly in the east of Taunton, will get a copy through their letterbox - but you can also download it from here. Do please pass it on to anyone you know!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Hello to Highbridge

A warm welcome to residents of Highbridge finding out about us for the first time. Although we have spent the last couple of years working exclusively on our first property in Taunton, as our name suggests we have always intended to bring our model of community-led development to other urban and semi-urban locations in Somerset.
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

On the day of Donald Trump's inauguration, we're getting together to start healing the divisions of 2016 and bulding bridges in our community. The words of Martin Luther King - someone who confronted division and injustice in America - are a particular inspration: "Let us live together as brothers and sisters in a community". Join us on Taunton's oldest bridge to show your support for building bridges between all the different groups that make up our community, so we can work together for all our futures.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Join us on the 23rd November to talk urban farming!

How do we make Taunton green? How do we enable downtrodden urbanites to get the benefits of a horticultural lifestyle? How do we reconnect people with their food - and perhaps with healthier and more sustainable food?
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

Please vote for our community gardening project!

We have been fortunate enough to be included in Aviva's Community Fund competition - and it is all about votes from the public. So now is the chance to show your support for our Community Land Trust, and in particular for our volunteers' efforts in making the unloved back gardens in Taunton town centre productive and beautiful.
To see our project page at Aviva Community Fund, click here!


Monday, August 22, 2016

Our two bedroom flat is now available to let

We have a 2 bedroom 2nd floor flat to let from then end of August. The rent is £546 (or £273 per person) per month. EPC rating is 74 (C) - above average.
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

Newsletter February 2016

At the start of 2016, we can take a look around and see what we've achieved. Being a social landlord is not easy, and we've been learning a lot from our mistakes. We have some great news - we have been offered a grant through the Urban Community Land Trust programme! - and this will help us press ahead with building more flats and improving facilities for our tenants.

To view or download the newsletter, click here.