Empower our local community to create long-lasting social, economic and environmental improvementsin Wilton, Quidhampton, Burcombe and environs
The Wilton Community Land Trust have asked for the planning application to be dismissed as there has been no consideration for affordable housing and little engagement and consideration for the community to be involved in this major housing development in the middle...read more
We are delighted to officially announce the launch of our first newsletter which was sent out to our current members on 1st December. Our newsletters will be produced quarterly and will contain helpful information, articles, company announcements and news of any...read more
Wilton Community Land Trust Chair, Neil Prigent and WCLT Manager Zoe Cupit attended the first Community-Led Housing Conference in London. Zoe Cupit Manager said “the day was fantastic as it demonstrated the real energy and movement now behind the Land Trust’s in the...read more
Returning to Wilton for a second year running another thoroughly enjoyable collaboration between Bumblefly Theatre Company and Forest Forge. Enjoyed by children and adults alike the story of the Frog Prince, was funny, inventive, colourful and musical. We are always...read more
Back in September the CLT’s chair Neil Prigent and I attended See it Believe it which celebrated Bristols CLT’s first community-led housing development. This was a great opportunity to meet other CLTs and to share ideas . Neil Prigent and I were also delighted to...read more
'The most successful one so far' is how the Christmas Market and Light Switch on was described! Perfect weather, pretty stalls, amazing tree, heavenly Nativity, and hoards of people. Thank you to everyone who helped or came to the event, it was a magical night to...read more
The first locally-led Community Land Trust in Wiltshire
Wilton Community Land Trust
Or Wilton CLT for short is a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales with the Financial Services Authority (FSA) as a society with charitable rules under the Co-Operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014. Supporters of Wilton CLT over the age of 16 pay a membership fee of £1 and are able to nominate members to the Board of Directors of the Community Land Trust every year at the Annual General Meeting to make sure that the Board is guided by the interest of the community as a whole.
Wilton CLT evolved from the Wilton Eco Park Development Community Association. That association had come into being in May 2011, to explore the possibility of community being involvement in the development of the MoD owned former Erskine Barracks site on the edge of Wilton. The site has outline planning permission for 450 homes and which would effectively increase the population of Wilton by over 20% and local people felt it was important to maximise the community benefit of the development, by aiming to establish a centre of excellence in sustainable living, with high quality housing, community facilities, plus employment and social enterprise opportunities.
Since formation, Wilton Community Land Trust has worked to influence how development will take place on the site and since its acquisition by Redrow Homes Ltd we continue to be closely involved in shaping the regeneration of the site. The former Erskine Barracks site has recently been renamed ‘Wilton Hill’ and there is now a separate website, where you can more information about this innovative development.
The Wilton Charter
The Wilton Charter was developed as a set of guiding principles for the future, ready for the development of the Erskine Barracks site. Through public meetings and consultations we have created the ‘Wilton Charter’, a set of standards the community would like to see on the Erskine Barracks site.
- Creating high quality opportunities and local economic benefit
- Genuine community participation, ownership and pride (of place)
- Connecting to local need as a priority
- Innovation (technological, social, economic, environmental, leadership)
- Ensuring social wellbeing
- Creating a vibrant development.
- Honesty and transparency in all we do
- Commercially viable and deliverable
- Intergenerational and inclusive
- Financially equitable
The Charter was endorsed by over 100 attendees at a public meeting held in the Michael Herbert Hall on the 18th of February 2012.
What is a Community Land Trust?
Wilton CLT is a community land trust (also known as a ‘development trust’). These are community owned and led organisations.
Community Land Trusts:
- Use social enterprises, trading for social purpose, and ownership of buildings and land, to bring about long-term social, economic and environmental benefits in their community.
- Operate in both urban and rural areas, often in neighbourhoods which have experienced the worst economic decline.
- Are independent, but work with the public sector, private businesses, and with other community groups.
- Are community ‘anchor’ organisations, delivering services and facilities, finding solutions to local problems, and helping other organisations and initiatives succeed.
The CLT Network and Locality are organisations that coordinate CLTs and development trusts.
- The ambition is for a successful development trust or community land trust to be established in every community.
- There are now over 500 CLTs and development trusts in both urban and rural areas. While many are still small, others are operating at a much larger scale.
Why does Wilton need its own Community Land Trust?
With increased development planned, South Wiltshire is changing and Wilton is no exception.
- Wilton Community Land Trust provides a realistic alternative to profit-led private development.
- It gives the people an opportunity to benefit, by for example, buying sites in the town, and developing and managing them for the community; development of the kind that people actually want.
After considerable local consultation Wilton Community Land Trust was founded in April 2012 to offer an alternative to private development with its need for profit-driven investment.
Wilton CLT works alongside other organisations such as Wilton Town Council to ensure a coordinated approach.
Wilton Community Land Trust’s objectives are to support the provision of the following for the benefit of the community:
- To maintain or improve the physical, social and economic infrastructure within the parishes of Wilton, Quidhampton and Burcombe and their environs;
- To advance education (particularly concerning asset based community development and enterprises with a community or environmental focus); and
- To provide an opportunity for public-spirited people and organisations to contribute financially to the community, with the expectation of a social dividend, rather than personal financial reward.
Examples of the ways in which the CLT can carry out its objects may include:
- Providing housing for those in need and help to improve housing standards;
- Creating training and employment opportunities by the provision of workspace, buildings or land;
- Developing new or existing services to the local community that contribute to the local economy.