Published: 30th Jun 2009

Interviews of leading figures in community land trusts (CLTs) were filmed at a New Start conference in London this week. The clips are available on YouTube at In one of the videos Bob Paterson, co-founder and project director at Community Finance Solutions, a think tank at Salford University, says CLTs are important because we are entering an era where there is not going to be large-scale government money available to address social problems. But through CLTs, communities can gain access to affordable housing, workspace and retail units along with high quality parks and other facilities. According to Mr Paterson, CLTs can unleash the potential of individuals to contribute to the wellbeing of their own communities. There are also clips featuring Richard Blakeway, London mayor Boris Johnson’s housing adviser, and Grant Shapps, the Conservative shadow housing minister.