Whilst it is true to say that Community Land Trusts mainly focus on how to manage the housing needs of their local community in a way that promotes the unique characteristics of the locality and prevents unsympathetic development, their role can extend well beyond that. In fact anything that involves developing, sustaining and enhancing the local community for the benefit of future generations is a legitimate pursuit for a CLT.
From the development of renewable energy schemes, running local pubs or shops through to creating artisan workshops and bakeries, providing allotments and forming community farms, there are countless examples up and down the country of how Community Land Trusts are enhancing local life. So perhaps it is up to us all to think of ways in which our CLT could be used to enhance and enrich life in this lovely parish. Here are some ideas for starters.