Hook Norton Community Land Trust Ltd (HNCLT)
Community Land Trusts have become an increasingly popular example of local people taking control and transforming the future of their communities. They are set up by the community for the community and can provide a creative and innovative solution to the growing housing crisis where rapidly increasing house prices far exceed what is affordable for local people.
Hook Norton Community Land Trust (HNCLT) is a not for profit Community Benefit Society that was set up in June 2019 and registered with the Financial Conduct Authority and is part of the National Community Land Trust Network. It was formed to enable the community to develop a small group of I2 affordable, sustainable homes that will enable local people in need of housing to remain living in the community of Hook Norton.
The homes and communal facilities will be built on a piece of overgrown land owned by Cherwell District Council (CDC). They have agreed to transfer ownership of the land for the community-led project to HNCLT for an agreed sum that will enable them to maintain the affordability of the homes in perpetuity.
The homes will be based on the needs of the community, already identified through extensive consultation meetings and designed to encourage social contact and community spirit. The homes will have a carbon positive impact on the environment and will benefit from renewable energy systems and low carbon transport options.
HNCLT was formed initially with a core group of four directors which has now grown to a Board of eleven members including members from the local community and other practitioners with a range of knowledge and expertise to guide this exciting project through to completion.
The Board members are:
Cathy Ryan (Chair)
Kirsten Berry (Company Secretary)
Tim Lunel (Treasurer)
Andrew Bowen ( Vice Chair)
Fiona Brown (Communities Lead, Collaborative Housing Hub)
Barbara Hammond (CEO Low Carbon Hub)
Mike Richardson (Treasurer Hook Norton Low Carbon)
Martine Spalding ( Community Member)
Gill White (Community Member)
Nina Frere (Aspire, Oxfordshire, 'Our House' project)
Diana Barber (Administrator)
Registered office: The Brewery, Brewery lane, Hook Norton, Oxfordshire, OX15 5NY
Company number: RS008145
Community Benefit Society – Society Number 8145