Community Land Trusts (CLTs)

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Aster and Community Land Trusts (CLTs)

Aster work with Community Land Trusts (CLTs) which are a form of community-led housing, set up and run by people within their local communities to develop and manage homes as well as other assets. CLTs act as long-term stewards of housing, ensuring that homes remain genuinely affordable, not just for now but for every future occupier. We have a dedicated specialised team who working to deliver schemes with CLTs. If you are a CLT or have a site which you believe would be suitable for a CLT scheme then please contact Karl. 

How Aster’s CLT schemes work

The CLT will usually select Aster following an interview process. Once on board, Aster’s dedicated community housing team will work with the CLT to carry out due diligence and promote a scheme through the planning process, securing grant funding and appointing a contractor. The due diligence and planning costs are either funded by the CLT, Aster or jointly shared.

The CLT retains the freehold interest in the land with Aster developing and managing the scheme under a long lease. A small ground rent is paid to the CLT (CLTs are exempt from the forthcoming ban in leasehold houses and ground rent payments) to cover the CLTs running costs as well as other small community projects.

Most land led CLT schemes require grant funding and with our Strategic Partnership funding from Homes England we are well placed to support this; in some cases, funding is also received from local authorities. CLT schemes are by nature usually technically challenging, small schemes which are often all rent.

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Our CLT developments

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Eastington, Gloucestershire

This project saw us deliver 23 new homes for affordable rent, helping those locally find somewhere to live

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Nailsworth, Gloucestershire

Aster worked with Nailsworth CLT on a five-year community-led project to build new homes for local people in Nailsworth, Gloucestershire. Find out more.

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Chagford, Devon

Supported by Aster’s partner, CG Fry & Son Ltd project, we delivered a total of 28 homes; 22 for affordable rent and six for shared ownership. Find out more.

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Appledore, Devon

The site at Ridge View Crescent overlooking the River Torridge includes a selection of nine one-, two-and three-bedroom homes, all for affordable rent, helping those locally find somewhere to live.

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Our team

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Contact us if you’d like to speak to us about an opportunity.

Jane Gallifent
Jane Gallifent
Director of Development and Sales

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Deb Thomas
Deb Thomas
Assistant Development Director – London & Home Counties

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Hannah Watkins
Hannah Watkins
Assistant Development Director - Development (Developer-led/S106 and Community Housing)

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Paul Backhouse
Paul Backhouse
Assistant Development Director - Land and Planning

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Tony Clifford
Tony Clifford
Assistant Development Director - Construction and Technical

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Amy Nettleton
Amy Nettleton
Assistant Development Director – Sales and Marketing

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About Aster Group

Aster Group supplies a wide range of housing options in response to the housing crisis, working towards its vision of ensuring everyone has a home. The not-for-dividend business was established in 1990 and has £2 billion worth of assets. Aster plans to invest £2.5 billion to deliver 12,000 new homes by 2030. Aster forecasts delivering over 1,300 homes during the current financial year (2022/23) across all tenures. The Group reinvests profits from open market sale and shared ownership to support the development of affordable rented homes. It owns and maintains over 34,500 homes and employs more than 1,720 people. Aster Group’s corporate social responsibility commitments set out the additional work the business chooses to do. For more information, visit our website.

For further information visit Central and Cecil Housing Trust and East Boro Housing Trust who form part of the Aster Group. 

 

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