Development Opportunity for Community Land Trusts
The council has recently made available two small sites for development by Community Land Trusts (CLTs) in Royal Greenwich.
The first site is Susan Road/Delme Crescent, Kidbrooke (SE3 0JD and SE3 0ED)
There is potential for development on the rectangular site where two blocks of garages are currently located. There is also limited potential to develop the triangular site opposite including for ancillary uses, such as parking and/or a community garden.
The second site is Mottisfont Road/Felixstowe Road, Abbey Wood SE2 9LL
This site currently contains a row of garages to the north of the railway line by Abbey Wood station, and to the south of Felixstowe Road. Network Rail has been using the depot land to the south of the site to facilitate the Crossrail construction work. Access into the site is via the south western corner, and will remain within Royal Borough of Greenwich ownership. The site will be transferred with a right of way to allow access by the council and Crossrail to enter into the railway track to the south of the site, to undertake any maintenance works that might be required.
The council has carried out preliminary site surveys, which show that there are no impediments to development on either site.
Some of the garages are occupied, and the Council is liaising with occupants to make them aware of the potential for development of the two sites, and to offer alternatives where possible.
Why Community Land Trusts?
A key objective for the council is to ensure that development of these sites includes affordable housing which will remain in community ownership in perpetuity. CLTs are community organisations that are specifically set up to acquire land and assets of benefit to the local community, and are able to maintain those assets in perpetuity through an organisational asset lock. A trust is controlled by its members, and individuals who live or work in the specified area can apply to become members of nearby trusts.
The land disposal process
The council will dispose of the land via a two-stage process:
Stage 1: the council will issue a Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ) and invite expressions of interest from CLTs for shortlisting.
Stage 2: shortlisted groups will be invited to tender their proposals for the site.
In order to be able to take part in the procurement process groups must be, or working towards being:
- Compliant with the requirements of the National CLT Network organisational health check
- A member of the National CLT Network.
Groups must be in a position to bid for the sites as part of the procurement process in summer 2021 and looking to start the development on site by spring 2023.
How to find out more
We are looking for active groups who are interested in finding out more about becoming a CLT. If you would like to receive an information pack please email your contact details and the name of your group to Fran.email@example.com
Please let us know by Friday 18 June 2021
For any other questions please contact either:
Where to go to find out more about CLTs
The National Community Land Trust Network provides advice, training and resources for CLTs.
Community Led Housing London provides start-up funding and advice for CLTs and other forms of community-led housing.