Search

Boris gives East London Community Land Trust go-ahead at St Clement’s

09:32 16 July 2012

Former St Clement

Former St Clement's hospital at Mile End... to be Britain's first urrban community land trust

ELC Land Trust

Britain’s first-ever urban community land trust has got the go-ahead in London’s East End, it has been announced this-morning.

Boris Johnson has reached a deal with the East London Community Land Trust and chosen a developer to go ahead with the scheme on the derelict St Clement’s Hospital in Mile End.

He has confirmed today that Galliford Try contractors have been selected as the preferred developer for 200 homes at the six-acre site in the Mile End Road where the freehold is to be held in trust for the community for future generations.

The Mayor of London said: “This is a huge step forward for the UK’s first urban community land trust, an example of how in tough financial times we can release public land to increase housing supply. The East London Community Land Trust will take stewardship of what will be a new neighbourhood with 200 homes.”

Some homes will be directly owned by the land trust which will sell properties at fixed prices—but not the land which is to be retained by the community.

Families will pay a-quarter of the property market price for a home which they would sell back to the trust when they move on, so future generations can benefit.

The community trust’s Dave Smith told the Advertiser: “Today’s announcement marks the start of a new chapter in east London in building homes for local families—not match boxes to be bought and sold like a commodity.

“We’re going to create secure and permanently affordable homes that will forever belong to the people of east London.”

The Mayor has also pledged a second community land trust in the Olympic Park area after the 2012 Games.

The bid for community land trust housing has been driven by Telco, the East London citizen’s network, over the past 10 years. They held an open day last summer at St Clement’s, which has been vacant seven years.

Its founder Neil Jameson said: “The Mayor is sticking to his promise and pioneering the UK’s first-ever urban land trust at St Clement’s. And we share his ambition to see it used to build a lasting legacy of permanently affordable housing at the Olympic Park.”

The development will also preserve historic buildings, including a 19th century Grade-II listed workhouse.

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 17:01
Tom Gleed in the ransacked community garden

Wreckers have for the fourth time broken into a people’s community garden in London’s East End which is lovingly tended 365 days a year by the nation’s Greenest Tenant of the Year champion.

Yesterday, 08:43
Ellie Pritchard and the Year Here team

Could you put a fundraising meal together in just 24 hours?

Yesterday, 07:00
Lord Freud

The government’s much-criticised “making work pay” Universal Credit has arrived at Jobcentres in London’s deprived East End where unemployment is traditionally high and many families are feeling the pinch from benefit capping.

Tue, 13:30
Glyn Robbins in Whirtechapel challenging MP Rushanara Ali over the NHS in General Election

Trade union socialists have launched their General Election campaign in Labour’s east London heartland with a challenge over the NHS.

Most read news

A man who was dubbed a ‘hot criminal’ has won a modelling contract.

Andrew Mitchell’s wallet is £80,000 lighter today, and his political reputation is in tatters.

His girlfriend has been charged with intending to pervert the course of justice.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Docklands and East London Advertiser e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24
Our trusted business finder