Wyre Forest Community Land Trust

At present our villages are facing a challenging time with the threat of future developments. Setting up a CLT will enable our community to have a say. The Cookley and Caunsall Action Group want to make sure that our villages housing needs get met, both now and in the future. That our voices are heard for the potential Lea Castle Development.
Wyre Forest District Council have been allocated £190,000 funding for community led housing.

What is a CLT?

Community Land Trusts are a form of community-led housing, set up and run by ordinary people to develop and manage homes as well as other assets important to that community such as Green Spaces, Public Houses, Shops, Gardens, Allotments. CLTs act as long-term stewards of these community assets, ensuring that homes remain genuinely affordable, based on what people actually earn in their area, not just for now but for every future occupier. All other assets are protected and held in Trust by the CLT thus protecting them for the future.

How can residents get involved in the CLT?

We meet once per month and are continuously seeking other skilled residents to join our ever evolving team. If you would like to volunteer we are seeking:

  • Board members with the relevant skills.
  • Legal professional
  • Business professional
  • Planning
  • Book Keeper/ Accountant


We are also seeking individuals for:

  • Planning community engagement days
  • Marketing
  • Campaign
  • Secretary
  • Leaflet droppers

Cookley & Caunsall CLT in action

Action at present – our team are:

  • Working with the National Community Land trust . We have successfully got funding for a consultant who is taking us through the process of legal set up.
  • Chasing the Housing Needs Survey
  • Working alongside Wyre Forest community led housing coordinator for a right to potentially design, build eco affordable homes both to buy & rent and self build using a variety of materials and building initiatives for our identified community members in housing need and for those wanting to get onto the property ladder.
  • We meet once a month to plan the way forward


We have a team at present consisting of

  • Architect
  • Structural Engineer
  • Transport Planning Consultant
  • Designer for a micro starter home
  • Researcher for self build

Wyre Forest CLT Latest News

  • Here’s a list of useful contacts and dates for your diary…

  • Please take a few minutes to check out the new Wyre Forest Community Land Trust website… CLICK HERE TO VIEW

  • Here’s the Wyre Forest CLT update of activities: Priority report of resident’s feedback re Lea Castle sent to Homes England, gathered from scoping day, survey, verbal and at meetings Survey data compiled and sent to Homes England re Lea Castle Met with Fran Oborski to...

  • Following our CLT scoping day, here’s the feedback from residents about what they would like to see on the Lea Castle development: Lea Castle – the community’s needs and views to be at the forefront of development and not profit. Affordable homes retirement village starter...

  • Housing requirements for Wolverley and Cookley over the next 5-10 years   159 homes needed over 10 years 111 looking to move in the next 5 years 79 homes needed in the Parish within next 5 years Highest need being 2 bed Bungalows followed by...

  • Here’s photos of today’s visit to Redditch Co-operative Housing. These timbered framed homes lower running costs to traditional builds by 40%.