We are volunteers and part of a UK-wide 
people-powered movement for 
community led  housing

Anyone can join Eastbourne CLT as a Member for £1 
to help grow our voice, our influence and our work 

Our ambition is grow our membership of volunteers and develop an intermediate housing market in Eastbourne


Support us today
via our Crowdfunder Page

Please help us raise £10k towards developing the land we've been given

Visit our page HERE

2021 Timeline

Trustees continue to work on land acquisition and are seeking funding opportunities and business partners...

2021 July

We are awaiting news of the guidance for the latest Homes England grant, which will be published in August 2021. This is funding for pre-development costs.

We have now received a land contract from EBC and are seeking legal advice whilst also updating our business plan and community shares prospectus to be launched in September.

2021 June

Eastbourne Herald publishes an article about the Housing Minister visiting Sussex and the Zed factory producing modular housing units to help those struggling to buy as house prices rise across Sussex.

2021 June

EBC & ECLT agree heads of terms and an exchange of land contract date is set for mid July 2021.

2021 March

Eastbourne Borough Council cabinet members approved the transfer of land off Biddenden Close in Langney Eastbourne to Eastbourne Community Land Trust. 

The land already has planning permission and the disused domestic garages site has no tenants 

Different locations  |  Different people 
Different challenges  |  Different solutions

To understand the movement we are part of, 
click the link below and read about other community led housing success stories https://www.communityledhomes.org.uk/what-community-led-housing/success-stories

In early 2021 there were at least 499 live UK projects

Here are some key facts about Eastbourne CLT

We are a Registered Community Benefit Society, established in 2018

You can read our Rules (governing document) HERE

We are developing 
Community Led Housing

Run By Volunteer Members

We are members of the National CLT Network

And one of over 300 UK based Community Land Trusts

Community-Led Housing for Eastbourne

You Can Get Involved

If not us, then who else will determine
our children and grandchildren's future housing?

In partnership with others, we can create truly low-cost housing
for local key worker families on low incomes. 

We are developing a shared ownership scheme, and our asset lock ensures our homes stay community owned, in perpetuity, 
for future generations.

"The lack of decent and affordable housing for the people of this nation is a scandal that must be addressed with imagination and determination; across parties, across institutions and across communities." 

Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, Foreword to "Coming Home" published in 2020

Our Passion

As a social enterprise we are collaborating with associates and partners across all sectors, 

including government, the public sector, local businesses, and with community and third sector organisations.

New Build

Eastbourne Borough Council are supporting us with land and a grant to help us develop five new houses for families in housing need.


We are actively raising funds for our first new build project, and need people like you to help us.

Housing needs

If you are a key worker living in Langney, and needing a permanent secure home in order to put down roots, we want to hear from you. Read our Allocations Policy HERE


We need churches, charities and businesses to help us achieve our goals. Demonstrate your heart for our community by helping us.

2019/2020 Timeline

Follow our journey below...

2020 Zoom Meetings & AGM

During most of 2020 trustees met online via Zoom with other CLTs and the Sussex Housing Hub to further develop our plans around raising finance, construction methods and partners. ECLT held it's first AGM on Zoom in November 2020. With the help of Accountant, John Caladine, ECLT also  submitted it's first set of accounts and Report to the FCA.

2020 Viability Studies

Finding construction partners and getting quotes is a lengthy process and we are hampered in making progress by several lockdowns affecting our ability to travel and meet on site with potential contractors.

2020 Planning Permission 5 Houses

The new site had permission to build five 2Bed houses. We began working on a plan to build two 3Bed and three 2Bed houses to accommodate different size families in housing need.

2020 Land in Langney

Lockdowns began, due to the Covid-19.  ECLT work stalled for several months, but in May 2020 the Council wrote with an offer of land in Langney and a grant to help kickstart our fundraising efforts.

2019 Searching for land again

Sarah Roberts from Eastbourne Borough Council worked once again with us to find an alternative site, and another disused domestic garage site was identified, this time in Langney. The site already had planning permission and we were assured all tennancies had ceased and the garages were in fact empty.

2019 Meeting with Garage Tenants

With plans unfolding and costings looking favourable, we wrote in August 2019 to local residents living around the disused garages and asked them to meet with on site. We wanted to let them know of our plans and invite involvement. However, we discovered the garages were still in use and residents didn't want to lose them. A huge issue was parking and access for residents. We promised to walk away from developing the land and some residents joined ECLT as Members because they had been listened to.

2018/2019 Timeline

See below our journey since May 2018...

2019  Land in Hampden Park

During 2019 we had several meetings with Eastbourne Borough Council exploring the terms of our partnership working and some outline terms were drafted.

2019 Meetings in Hampden Park

With land in sight, and a potential construction partner lined up, ECLT arranged a couple of public meetings with Hampden Park residents with Fr Adam Ransom's support at St Peter's Church hall. This was to introduce ourselves and the concept of community led housing. About 20 people attended and our hope was to find support within the community and to also discover if there were nearby people in housing need who might benefit from our plans.

2019 Exploring Modular Construction

ECLT were introduced to Newhaven based factory, Boutique Modern, a ten year old family firm run by father and son Dick and Lucas Shone who manufacture housing units. Volunteers visited the factory and were suitably impressed. We began learning more about this modular method of construction and continued working with Lucas to see if their cost effective methods were suitable for our project.

2019 Search for Land

During 2019, and with help from Sarah Roberts, Business Development Officer, at Eastbourne Borough Council, a plot of land in Hampden Park was identified for a possible new build development. The proposal was to demolish existing domestic garages and build eight 2Bed units. Work began on costing the project to check if it was viable for affordable housing.

December 2018 Formation

On 11 December 2018 ECLT received news that our Registration with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) was complete. Eastbourne Community Land Trust (ECLT) became formally a legal entity known as Community Benefit Society RS007293 on the FCA Mutuals Register. We were aided in this as a Start Up Affiliate with the National CLT Network who brokered our application. The Trustees appointed by members of the initial interest group, and subsequently formed steering group, were Sandy Medway; Christopher Snook; Howard Medway and Gordana Glamnovska.

November 2018 Launch

After months of education in CLT formation and related activities, with Graham Maunders from the Sussex Community Housing Hub, the steering group held a public launch at Eastbourne Town Hall on 26 November 2018. Attended by over 50 guests, which including several local councillors and the current MP, Caroline Ansell. Most attendees paid £1 and signed up as the first ECLT Members. Speakers included brief talks by several founding members who shared their passion for getting involved and volunteering to support a new movement for community-led affordable housing in Eastbourne.

Further Reading...

Here are links to informative websites relating to affordable housing. Click the logo image to visit their web page article.

Which? Money

Affordable housing: can you buy below market value?

What is an affordable housing scheme, and how can it help you get on to the property ladder? 


Affordable Home Ownership Schemes

Buying through shared ownership: When you buy a home through a shared ownership scheme you buy a share of the property and pay rent on the rest.

The share you can buy is usually between 25% and 75%. You can buy a 10% share on some homes..


Details on the next Affordable Homes Programme announced 09 September 2020

The government has announced the prospectus for the 2021-26 Affordable Homes Programme (AHP). It plans to build up to 180,000 new homes with investment confirmed in the Budget in March – £7.5bn will be distributed via Homes England and the government will negotiate with the Greater London Authority on the use of the remaining £4bn for London..

Housing Hub

Affordable Housing in Sussex

Action in Rural Sussex has been operating a housing enabling service for over 25 years, helping to deliver many affordable housing schemes to meet local needs.

Experience has shown, that continuous technical advice and support from locally-based expert advisers, is the key to helping communities navigate the many obstacles to ensure delivery of successful housing projects.

We provide two specialist services – The Sussex Community Housing Hub and a Rural Housing Enabling Service.


This briefing paper considers how affordable housing is defined in England and looks at key trends in the affordability of different tenure types. It examines the supply of affordable housing and the role of Housing Benefit in enabling households to access and retain affordable housing. Read HERE


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Download as a PDF HERE


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