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?

Monday, February 11, 2019

Breakthrough as Land Trust secures investment from the community for a new site in Taunton

Somerset Co-op Community Land Trust’s share offer has closed with a huge success; it managed to reach its ‘optimum target’ with £245,000 pledged from over a hundred supporters, many of them living locally. The appeal was for an investment in development land on East Reach which the Community Land Trust believes can be used for new affordable housing and community enterprises. At the same time, the national Community Land Trust Fund managed by CAF Venturesome has awarded £45,000 as a combination of grant and loan.
Alan Debenham, Chair of Somerset Cooperative Land Trust, said “This is a great expression of support for what we are trying to do. We now have the responsbility to deliver high quality housing at the same time as protecting the value of these investments. This will make a real difference to the lives of people facing poverty, housing need and insecurity.”
The investment is the result of months of work by the members of the Community Land Trust and the social enterprises supporting it, including Somerset Co-operative Services CIC, Clarity CIC, The National CLT Network, Third Sector Accountancy and Co-operative Assistance Network. Local partners include Somerset Community Credit Union, which has been working with the CLT to extend access to finance for people on low incomes; Transition Town Taunton, who helped form the CLT in 2011; and Taunton Urban Farmers who are developing horticultural projects on land owned by the CLT.
Somerset Co-op CLT must now bring forward a planning application in the coming months. These will include a community meeting room, flats for single people in the gardens behind the distinctive 18th century terrace on East Reach. This will be an important opportunity to trial the use of sustainable building methods to create low-cost, unsubsidised housing, and the CLT is actively pursuing other sites on which the most successful techniques can be reproduced on a larger scale. Members of the Community Land Trust will soon be consulted on the plans, and any Taunton resident is very welcome to join for as little as £1 (see 'join' in the menu).
Alex Lawrie, the secretary of the CLT, said “This means we are now undertaking our most challenging project to date, and we will need help. I’d like to appeal to any local people wanting to develop their skills in community organising and project management to think about whether they could volunteer regularly – we are looking for a deputy treasurer, help with communications and social media, and anyone who could help with site clearance and building maintenance.”
Somerset Co-op CLT is one of several CLTs in Somerset, which together are part of the  Wessex CLT Hub. It is in some ways unusual: it retains all its properties as affordable rentals rather than offering them for sale, it works in urban settings in market towns rather than villages or green field sites, and it seeks to enables the tenants themselves to take on leadership roles in the society (this self-help element is the reason for the word ‘co-op’ in our name).
The Share Offer was listed on the Ethex Crowdfunding Website – see https://www.ethex.org.uk/somersetclt for supporting documents.
More information about Community Land Trusts in the UK can be found at http://www.communitylandtrusts.org.uk/.
More about the varied CLTs of Somerset:
http://www.communitylandtrusts.org.uk/article/2018/8/22/toms-tour-of-somerset-clts

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Share offer leaflet

Here's a neat leaflet summarising our share offer for anyone who's interested. You can download it as a PDF here - ideal to email to your friends!

Our share offer is now open! But not for long...

This is a share issue to provide new affordable rental accomodation in central Taunton, and provide  the basis for the society to plan further housing in the future.
This property will be held in perpetuity and employed for the benefit of the community in Taunton, and will enable us to  go on to benefit communities elsewhere in Somerset as well.
We've given ourselves just six weeks to raise at least £187,500 - but with 4.5% interest available, we're hoping many people will feel that a portion of their savings could be usefully employed serving our community.
Download the share offer document here, and visit the offer page at www.ethex.org.uk/somersetclt!

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Consultation on new properties at 10 East Reach

We are firming up our ideas for new flats - between six and eight in number - behind 10 East Reach. We'd like to hear your thoughts on their design and construction.

If you are a member of the CLT, you'll soon get an email inviting you to respond. If you aren't, and you live or work in Somerset, why not consider joining? You need only pay £1 to get full membership and have a say in how this project develops - not only in Taunton but elsewhere. The application form is here.

The proposals can be viewed as a PDF file by clicking on this link.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Open Day and AGM 2018

We hope you'll all want to come to our open day and AGM taking place on the 16th July at 10 East Reach, Taunton TA1 3EW. If you aren't already a member, don't let that stop you - membership is available to anyone in Somerset for just £1, and you can join at the AGM if you like.
The timetable for the day is:
1030 Tour of 10 East Reach
1115 Tea and coffee
1130 Tour and description of proposed development sites
1200 Q&A
1300 Lunch
1400 Formal AGM
- approval of accounts
- approval of social impact report
- interest to be paid on share capital
- election of a board of directors
1500 Networking and farewells
1600 Close

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Another flat available

Further to the post below, we have another vacancy at 10A East Reach - Flat 4 is a two bed flat (one bedroom having restricted headroom) and we are hoping to get completed application forms from prospective tenants by February 26th.
You can find more information, and the application form, via the menu option on the right.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Vacancies at 10 East Reach - and more on the way

Are you looking for a new home, or do you know someone who is? We have a flat free at 10 East Reach suitable for a single person, and we are looking for someone who is in genuine housing need (which could mean homeless, or unsuitably housed, or unaffordably housed, or insecurely housed) and would like to be part of a housing scheme owned and run jointly by its tenants and the community.
We have an application form that all prospective tenants need to complete - see the links to the right - and if you wish to be considered for the current vacancy we'd advise getting the completed form to us at 10 East Reach, Taunton or landtrust@somerset.coop by Wednesday 18th October.
However, we are - as you may have gathered - in the process of developing a planning application for many more flats to be built in 2018-19, and we would very much like to get names down for the flats well in advance. That's because our architect is very keen to involve prospective tenants in the design process so they can customise their future homes.
So, whether your housing need is immediate and urgent, or whether you are looking to improve your situation in the future, do please take a look at the application form.