In May 2016 we successfully completed our allocations for London’s first 23 CLT homes at St. Clement’s, London’s first CLT site. Our first families moved in Summer 2017!
We had over 700 people look to apply for just 23 homes at St. Clement’s, with 300 people completing the eligibility test and 108 going on to submit their final application. This means only one in 8 people who applied were shortlisted to get a home, illustrating the extreme need for affordable housing in the borough. Despite it being a difficult process it is incredibly rewarding to have 12 years of campaigning culminate in housing solutions for 23 local families.
The Allocations Process
We created a detailed allocations process through consultations with local residents to help us find the right people for the first London CLT community. The five guiding principles were: fairness, transparency, simplicity, legality and scalability.
The five eligibility criteria (weighted according to priority) were:
- Connection – Minimum of five years’ connection to Tower Hamlets
- Involvement – Belong to and participate in the local community
- Finance – Priced out of the open housing market and able to afford a ELCLT and London CLT home
- Housing Need – More suitable (than current) accommodation required
- Supportive of the ELCLT and London CLT
Our History in East London
The campaign for a CLT in London started at the Olympic Park. 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 the 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.