SOA Community Land Trust Cafe Series
A series of online CLT 'Cafe' events exploring the development of a Community land Trust model for Ireland.
WHAT IS THE CLT CAFE?
CLT Café is an open networking and information event.
The ‘CLT Café’ is an event title borrowed from Europe, where cities hold regular events for citizens to help the development of self-organised housing projects.
This is an open networking and information event where you can learn and share information about Community Land Trusts, hear from experts and existing groups, and get involved in a project yourself.
There will be talks from pioneering Irish CLTs, established foreign projects, live Q+A sessions, and an open forum for discussion of chosen themes.
Establishing a CLT, 31st March 2021
London CLT is a citywide CLT created in 2007. After substantial campaigning and negotiations, the first 23 CLT homes were built as part of a larger development at the St Clements Hospital site, in Tower Hamlets. The CLT provides genuinely affordable homes, closing the gap between “people qualifying for council property and the people who can afford to buy their own home”. The organisation targets households earning equivalent to the area median income and allocates their home through an innovative process.Watch Video
ROSIE LYNCH & PATRICK LYDON
Focusing on how to offer privacy and self-determination for people with support needs in an interdependent social context, Inclusive Neighbourhoods are working on an Irish model in which people of different ages, needs for support, and income levels can live in a shared neighbourhood. Beyond housing, the initiative also engages with environmental, land use, social enterprise and cultural initiatives that will be enabled by the community in a Threefold Community Asset Trust (TCAT).Watch Video
ANNABEL PIDGEON & M.STAPLES
SOUTH OF SCOTLAND COMMUNITY HOUSING (SOSCH)
Initiated in 2018, The Midsteeple Quarter (MSQ) project in Dumfries, Scotland, aims to entirely revitalise the urban centre of Dumfries through community ownership. The CLT seeks to address the issues of town centre decline and absentee ownership. Its strategy is based on the acquisition and redevelopment of all properties within an urban neighbourhood according to a master plan to provide mixed-use community facilities, business space and housing. Membership in MSQ currently stands at 400 members.Watch Video
Introductory Cafe, 28th October 2020
ARCHITECT AND MEMBER OF ASSEMBLE
Assemble are a collective based in London who work across the fields of art, architecture and design. Their work at Granby Four Streets in Liverpool was the result of a 20-year battle by local residents to save a series of terraced housing from demolition. The project presented a vision for the area that built on the hard work already done by local residents: refurbishing housing and public space, and providing new opportunities for the area’s residents.
NORTON SUB HAMDON CLT, SOMERSET
Liz is a director of Community Assets, and the secretary of Norton sub Hamdon CLT. As well as building 10 affordable homes with Yarlington Housing Group for the local community, this Community Land Trust owns and runs the village shop and post office. In recent months they have been able to draw on their networks of volunteers to keep the shop open and deliver to self-isolating households in the village and neighbouring villages throughout the pandemic.Watch Video
THOM STEWART/RÓISÍN NIC CÓIL
THE IRISH REGENERATIVE LAND TRUST (IRLT)
IRLT were formed in response to the climate breakdown and housing crisis in Ireland. They are a citizen led nonprofit that believes a flawed relationship to land is the common root to multiple systemic crises. Their mission is to take a community-led approach to Ecological Regeneration, addressing the climate crisis by increasing access to land for regenerative activities, including farming, land restoration, and green building activities.Watch Video