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?
Thursday, February 15, 2018
You can find more information, and the application form, via the menu option on the right.
Monday, October 9, 2017
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
As we often do, we've chosen a date that falls within Co-operatives Fortnight. Co-operatives Fortnight is a chance to remind ourselves of the power of co-operation. In the case of Somerset CCLT, we work closely with other co-ops - the Phone Co-op, Co-operative Energy, and Credit Unions in Somerset.
It’s a time to co-operate. And after a year of conflict, it's never been needed more.
Running from 17 June to 1 July 2017, it is organised by Co-operatives UK, sponsored generously by some of the UK’s most successful co-operatives and brought to life by co-ops across the UK. Why? Because we know that co-operating makes a big difference and it’s time to remind the rest of the UK too.
So please join us on the 28th as we work together to make Somerset a more co-operative place.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
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.