Welcome to the website of Lyme Regis Community Land Trust Limited.

Lyme Regis CLT Ltd was incorporated in January 2014, as a company limited by guarantee. It is a not for profit organisation with a board of directors. Its primary aim is to facilitate the provision of affordable homes for the Lyme Regis community.

The CLT also became a charity in February 2016. Our original Objects are retained, and our Charity Form of Governance is the same as our Company Articles of Association, in the Registered Charity documentation. Our Charity Number is: 1165699.

What is a CLT?

There is a national organisation "The National CLT Network" whose aim is to advise and support local CLTs - as stated on their website:

“Community Land Trusts are local organisations set up and run by ordinary people to develop and manage homes as well as other assets important to that community, like community enterprises, food growing or workspaces. The CLT’s main task is to make sure these homes are genuinely affordable, based on what people actually earn in their area, not just for now but for every future occupier.”

The Lyme Regis Community Land Trust is therefore a local organisation with a clear initial focus: to facilitate the provision of affordable housing in Lyme Regis. 

See also the next page: http://lrclt.btck.co.uk/HowACLTWorks

  • The need for a CLT in Lyme Regis

    Lyme Regis, being a small, picturesque seaside town on the West Dorset coast in an area of outstanding natural beauty, with a rich historical significance well above its size and importance, is much in demand as a place to live or retire to; it is a popular holiday destination, for weekenders and day trippers; it is affectionately known as "The Pearl of Dorset". 

    Employment opportunities are rather limited, many jobs being seasonal, so high rents are compounded by relatively low incomes for many residents. Any available building plots command high prices.

    Many buildings in the older part of Lyme Regis have been bought as holiday home retreats, or for holiday lettings. There are also many gift shops, restaurants and cafes. Since the 1940's new estates of Council housing were built on the eastern edge of town; some of this stock has since been sold into the private sector, and the remainder is managed by a local housing association. However, there is a shortage of affordable housing for rent, and many young people, single or with families, find it difficult to obtain accommodation in their home town; some are forced to look to other towns and villages in West Dorset or East Devon.

    The Lyme Regis Community Land Trust has been set up as an effective means of resolving some of the housing needs of local people; A community land trust can work to identify sites for affordable homes, engage with landowners, housing associations, developers and local authorities, and oversee a project from inception to completion; it can influence policy on allocation and seek to ensure that any affordable homes provision remains in the community for posterity.

    A community land trust is, by definition, independent and accountable to the local community, and exists in most cases for the purpose of gaining affordable housing for its community; its directors are volunteers, and are elected by and answerable to its members. 

    The Lyme Regis CLT is independent from other organisations; however, it has been set up with guidance from the Wessex CLT Project, and is a member of the National CLT Network. It also maintains formal links to the local community through Lyme Regis Town Council. The four CLT Board of Directors are volunteers, elected at the AGM by the members. Anyone complying with the Rules for Membership, and has a connection to Lyme Regis, by way of work or address, is eligible to become a member of the CLT.

    What is the difference between a Community Land Trust and a Housing Association? How does a CLT led scheme benefit Lyme Regis?

    If a housing association initiates and builds an affordable housing scheme in Lyme, tenancy of the houses could be open to anyone in the wider district ie West Dorset (although this might not always be the case). If Lyme Regis CLT initiates a scheme, the housing association that carries out the development is obliged to follow the specially developed allocations policy agreed with the CLT - ie tenancy is open only to people who have a strong link to Lyme Regis, through residency, employment or family connection.

    Responding to local needs and mindful of local sensitivities, the CLT will seek to ensure that key decisions such as the choice of site, number of homes, scheme design and the allocations policy will be taken in the best interests of the town. A Housing Association would inevitably tend to prioritise much wider considerations.


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