13th Jun 2012
Crosby Ravensworth awarded Community Land Trust Award 2012 – Winner: Special Commendation.
Community Land Trusts (CLT) are powerful examples of communities taking control and transforming the future of their local community. They are non-profit, community-based organizations run by volunteers that develop housing, workspaces, community facilities or other assets that meet the needs of the community, are owned and controlled by the community and are made available at permanently affordable levels.
The CLT Awards were run for the first time this year and were looking for exceptional communities and champions from across the country.
Lyvennet Community Trust (LCT) was awarded Winner: Special Commendation for the development at Crosby Ravensworth.
The LCT bought the old stone works site in the Cumbrian village, Crosby Ravensworth which Atkinson Building Contractors has developed to provide 12 affordable homes for local people with a mix of rental, shared equity and a further 8 properties are self-build plots.
Local residents were involved at every stage, from a "design your dream home" competition at the local primary school, to a sponsored abseil down the church spire to raise funds, to buying the village pub in 2010. The pub renovation brought the village together to put in over 4000 hours of volunteer time; some residents never missed a day. The Trust have transformed the landscape for CLTs, using their enthusiasm to teach others, proving to government just how well localism can work and transforming their own community for the better.