St Clements is the first East London and London CLT site.
However, the Olympic Park is were the campaign for a community land trust (CLT) in London started. The 2012 bid team canvassed support throughout the city and Citizens UK – then, The East London Communities Organisation (TELCO) – responded that they would support the effort, on condition that it delivered a true legacy for the people of east London. Our demands ranged from paying everyone a London Living Wage to including a genuinely affordable housing legacy through a CLT.
The Olympic bid team agreed to TELCO’s terms, but upon winning the bid decided that in order for them to be able to deliver on the promise of a genuinely affordable housing legacy, they must see a pilot CLT in London first. This led to the decision to focus our efforts on delivering St Clements as London’s first CLT.
Since then, the London Legacy Development Corporation included a requirement for at least 20 homes on the Eastwick and Sweetwater neighbourhood should be CLT homes. Nevertheless, TELCO continues to push for over 100 homes, as originally agreed by the Olympic authorities. The decision about who delivers these homes is yet to be made, but London CLT hope that our first hope of delivering a genuinely affordable housing legacy can be realised in the near future.