Decision details

Community Led Housing - Grant Application by Histon & Impington CLT

Decision Maker: Lead Cabinet member for Housing

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes




In December 2016, the government announced a new annual fund of £60m to help councils tackle

the problem of high levels of second homeownership in their communities, which, impacts on the housing supply.  This funding is called The Community Housing Fund, its purpose is to put local groups in the driving seat and help them deliver affordable housing through community initiatives, such as Community Land Trusts.  South Cambridgeshire District Council received £50,329 grant funding and the City Council also received a similar amount.


In the first few years of receiving the grant, both councils commissioned CLT East to provide specialist advice and support to help local communities bring forward affordable housing schemes. As part of the funding received, grants of £4,500 are being offered to help seed-fund set up costs for local communities.  The remaining money available from the funding received from government will enable the South Cambridgeshire District Council to seed-fund two more community groups.





To approve the application received from Histon & Impington Community Land Trust for a grant of £4,500 to help them to legally set up as a Community Benefit Society. Histon & Impington CLT believe that this would be the best legal format to deliver their objectives.  It will give them the opportunity to act as custodians for the villages and provide much needed affordable homes for people with strong local connections. It will also safeguard community assets and buildings and give local people a say on what they want for Histon & Impington, including the appropriate design standards of homes/buildings to complement the villages.


Histon & Impington CLT have been working with specialist advisors who have helped them to prepare the scoping report (attached at Appendix B). 


As funding is limited, applications are considered and prioritised based on an assessment criteria.


The application meets the criteria set out below:


Assessment Criteria


Deliverability of the scheme, this includes whether land is identified

Whilst no land has yet been secured, the CLT have several potential sites in mind for development. Once the CLT is formed legally, they will engage with the community and potentially do an open call for sites if no suitable sites are found in the meantime.


Delivery timescales

Short term (next 6 months)

  • Successful grant application to SCDC
  • Become legally incorporated
  • Develop and implement a strong engagement strategy
  • Build a strong support network and community buy-in
  • Launch an online comments form
  • Establish a membership form and build membership


Medium term (up to 3 years)

  • Produce evidence-based understanding of housing need
  • Increase membership
  • Successfully complete first project
  • Establish a vision for future projects
  • Provide community feedback on projects
  • Provide social value metrics on completed project

Housing need, priority will be given in areas where there is a high level of identified housing need

Through the neighbourhood plan it has identified a need for more affordable housing with emphasis on one and two bed properties for older residents and young families. Simple two bed terrace homes, considered starter homes, sell for over £200k, which is beyond the reach of families with a combined income of £40k per year. In recent years there has been little new affordable housing due to the lack of suitable developments coming forward.

Do the proposals support a Neighbourhood Plan

Yes, Histon & Impington has submitted a neighbourhood plan for examination in August 2019. The visions and aims complement one another for the best interest of the community. In the survey ‘Affordable Housing’ was ranked third in terms of what people worry about regarding the future of Histon & Impington.  The supply of affordable housing was the second most important in terms of need for improvement.


The NP policy HIM18 Housing Mix and Meeting Housing Needs states that developments based on a CLT

model of ownership are encouraged.



To approve a community-led development grant  of £4,500 to Histon & Impington CLT.

Reasons for the decision:

The grant will enable Histon & Impington CLT to progress their business plan with the ambition to deliver affordable homes for local people.

Alternative options considered:

To refuse the application for grant funding

Reasons for Rejection – the application is well advanced, meets the assessed criteria and will help to deliver much needed affordable housing. 

Publication date: 01/06/2020

Date of decision: 01/06/2020

Effective from: 09/06/2020

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