Community Land Trusts have helped local people take control of land and develop housing solutions in rural areas across the UK. Now for the first time this model is being used to help tackle London’s dysfunctional housing market, as Kate MacTiernan explains A revolution is taking place in Mile End in the east end of London that offers a way out of the housing crisis. It is the UK’s first urban Community Land Trust. It’s a revolutionary idea and a practical realisation of the new attitude to housing, community and ownership of land for those that live in London and yet can barely afford to do so. In the UK the symbol of a house – the domestic environment, engulfed in a community, endowed with practical economy, family and furnishings – has utmost importance. And yet the system of home ownership has favoured those that are absent from London itself … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

Kate MacTiernan is the chair of Meanwhile + Mixed Uses at East London CLT, as well as a member of the board of trustees.