Second Home Owners Scheme supports homes for locals
1 February 2017
Cornwall Community Land Trust received £9,000 at the end of last year from our Second Home Owners Scheme. The scheme offers a simple way for second home owners to help Cornish communities in a regular, easy way; one week's rent per annum, or the equivalent if your property is not rented.
Funding from the scheme supports our crisis fund to address hardship, crisis and homelessness, and the Cornwall CLT to deliver genuinely affordable homes.
Cornwall CLT was set up in 2007 by local people. It is a community-led organisation which works to:
- Establish and support local Community Land Trusts (12 so far in Cornwall); and
- To build permanently affordable homes to meet the long-term needs of Cornish communities.
Cornwall is one of the most successful areas for Community Land Trusts (CLTs), part of a movement of over 175 across the country. Cornwall CLT has helped to build nearly 200 homes to meet local need since it was established.
These have been successfully delivered by local Community Land Trusts in Delabole, Luxulyan, St Minver, St Ewe, Gorran, Pendeen and St Just-in-Roseland. Community Land Trusts don’t just meet local housing need. Some have re-opened local pubs, started a community-owned bakery or, like Lands’ End Peninsula Community Land Trust, established a community farm (at Bosavern).
In addition, Cornwall CLT has developed homes for locals where a local CLT could not be set up, in Nancledra, Blisland, St Teath (phase 1), The Lizard, Blunts and on the Isles of Scilly.
Andrew George said, “Cornwall Community Land Trust is proud of what the not for profit community sector has done in the last decade in Cornwall and on the Isles of Scilly, to improve the lives of hundreds of local families who had been struggling with poor quality, insecure, extremely expensive and in some cases non-existent accommodation.”
“We know there’s so much more to do and Cornwall has one of the most challenging and endemic housing problems in the UK. That’s why we’re delighted with the partnership we’ve established with Cornwall Community Foundation. It has given our Board, the dozen existing local CLTs and other communities the confidence to be more ambitious and to help hundreds more local families in need in the coming years. The money will of course be crucial to helping ensure the viability of projects which might otherwise be too marginal to take a risk, but it is also the endorsement and knowledge that we have supporters who are backing one of the most challenging and certainly most expensive of volunteer based projects many Cornish communities can take on.”Back