London Community Land Trust to build affordable homes in London part of Mayor’s drive to boost small and community-led homebuilders.
London Community Land Trust (CLT) has been chosen to deliver flagship community-led housing on two sites brought forward by Transport for London as part of the Mayor of London’s work to boost small builders in the capital, and to increase the supply of new, genuinely affordable homes.
The Trust – the first urban community land trust, formed as a result of campaigning by community organising group Citizens UK – has been confirmed as the successful bidder for building on sites at Cable Street (Tower Hamlets) and Christchurch Road (Lambeth). Together they will deliver around 70 new genuinely affordable homes.
The sites were brought forward through the Mayor’s pilot of this ‘Small Sites, Small Builders’ initiative, which will now be extended with £3.8 million of funding next year, and further funding over the next four years as more successful bidders are announced. TfL will continue to bring forward and advertise small sites on a rolling basis, with Boroughs and other public landholders encouraged to take part.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “Making small plots of public land available for housing development is a key part of addressing London’s housing shortage, and the fantastic response to the pilot of my ‘Small Sites, Small Builders’ programme has shown that these small sites can be an important way to get new genuinely affordable homes built.”
In addition to the two CLT sites, contractor and developer Kuropatwa Limited has been named as the successful bidder for Beechwood Avenue, a site in Barnet which will deliver a proposed 60 homes at 50 per cent affordable, and developer Broadhaven Estates won a Colliers Wood site for a proposed five homes.
The exact number of homes set to be delivered is subject to change as contracts and plans develop.
Small builders can find out more about the ‘Small Sites, Small Builders’ programme here.