Empowering Local Communities? An International Review of Community Land Trusts

Tom Moore, Kim McKee

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    This paper aims to investigate the premise that community land trusts (CLTs) offer a method of delivering affordable housing that empowers local communities and provides democratic management of community assets. The paper provides a comparative analysis of CLT developments in England, Scotland and America, reviewing the policy and literature to identify two key approaches that underpin CLTs: an approach to property development that emphasises resale restrictions to preserve housing use for the CLT's target clientele, and an approach to citizen governance that privileges the 'community'. The paper identifies a variation of practices that underpin the operation of CLTs in each country and uses the advanced developments in Scotland and America to illustrate some of the challenges that remain if the CLT sector in England is to continue its recent growth.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)280-290
    Number of pages10
    JournalHousing Studies
    Issue number2
    Early online date6 Mar 2012
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2012


    • affordable housing
    • community ownership
    • community empowerment
    • housing policy
    • localism
    • community land trusts


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