Hook Norton Community Land Trust

Community Land Trusts have become an increasingly popular example of local people taking control and transforming the future of their communities. They are set up by the community for the community and can provide a creative and innovative solution to the growing housing crisis where rapidly increasing house prices far exceed what is affordable for local people.

Hook Norton Community Land Trust (HNCLT) is a not for profit Community Benefit Society that was set up in July 2019 and registered with the Financial Conduct Authority and is part of the National Community Land Trust Network. It was formed to develop a small group of affordable, sustainable homes that will be available to local people on a piece of overgrown land owned by Cherwell District Council (CDC). The homes will be based on the needs of the community already identified through extensive consultation and designed to encourage
social contact and community spirit.

The homes will have a carbon positive impact on the environment and will benefit from renewable energy systems and low carbon transport options.

Many local people want to remain in their communities and know their neighbours but have no option but to move away from the area in order to afford somewhere to live. CDC have agreed to transfer ownership of the land for the community led project to Hook Norton Community Land Trust which will ensure that the homes remain affordable in perpetuity.

HNCLT was formed initially with a core group of four directors which has now grown to a Board of eleven members including members from the local community and other practitioners with a range of knowledge and expertise to guide this exciting project through to completion.

The Board members are:

Cathy
Ryan (Chair)

Emma
Callery (Company Secretary)

Tim
Lunel (Treasurer)

Andrew
Bowen ( Deputy Chair)

Diana
Barber (Administrator)

Barbara
Hammond (CEO Low Carbon Hub)

Fiona
Brown ( Communities Lead, Collaborative Housing )

Gill
White (Community Member)

Martine
Spalding ( Community Member)

Mike
Richardson (Treasurer Hook Norton Low Carbon)

Justin
Bere ( Director, Bere Architects)

Registered office: The
Brewery, Brewery lane, Hook Norton, Oxfordshire, OX15 5NY

Community Benefit Society
– Society Number 8145