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New affordable homes for local people

In 2021, we announced that we had agreed to purchase ten homes being built at Wykeham Vale. This is the new development site opposite the Shell garage in Wickham. These homes will be available to rent at affordable rates to people with a strong local connection to Wickham and the surrounding area starting from June 2022.

WCLT already owns and manages eight affordable homes, occupied by local families, in Houghton Gardens near the Community Centre. The additional ten properties at Wykeham Vale will more than double our capacity to provide such homes to local people. Importantly, we shall retain these homes as assets for the Wickham community in perpetuity because WCLT homes are exempt from the right to buy provisions that apply to affordable housing owned by local authorities. This exemption means that our homes cannot be lost to to the private market.

To secure these new homes, we are indebted to the generosity of the late Dick Warwick’s family who have made a significant donation to our charity from Dick’s legacy. Dick was a leading light in the village business community and our new homes will be a lasting tribute to him. Without this financial assistance, the cost to WCLT would probably have been prohibitive. So local families and the community would have lost the opportunity to secure these assets.

In addition to the Warwick family, we are very grateful for financial assistance from Winchester City Council, South Downs National Park and Triodos, the ethical bank committed to support community-led projects.

The ten new homes will become available for occupation during 2022. They will be a mixture of 1-bed flats and 2-bed and 3-bed houses.

Wild Flowers and Yellow Lines

Our annual residents’ meeting took place on Wednesday 30 October 2019. Thanks to all the residents who attended. We had a good discussion on all Houghton Gardens topics and other related matters, including:

We conclude that the year has generally gone well with no major issues or concerns.

Residents heard that, although for the first time WCLT had made a loss in 2018/19, this was actually good news as it reflected the legal and financial fees paid for changing our loans to a lower interest rate which will significantly reduce our operating costs in the future. We remain in a good financial position.

The service charges statements were handed out (residents who were not present will get copies hand delivered). Unfortunately, we haven’t yet received the Hyde charges for estate maintenance for 2018/19, so we don’t know whether the sums we are collecting this year will need to be topped up or reduced in 2020/21.

Residents Parking

Residents Parking
As part of a review of living conditions in Houghton Gardens, and in consultation with residents, a parking restriction notice has been placed on a lamp standard at the road entrance.

Everybody is keen to prevent the street from being considered as overflow parking by the general public when the nearby Wickham Community Centre is at its busiest.

Abide In Me

A photo of Houghton Gardens taken by Judy Lucas features in Abide in Me — just published by Caritas looking at promoting Catholic Church involvement in housing for those in need. For more information go to Abide in Me.

Hampshire Community Housing Partnership

We are pleased to say that Wickham CLT has been invited to join the Hampshire Community Housing Partnership. This brings together several Hampshire District Councils and interested organisations and promotes community housing in Hampshire, including Community Land Trusts. It is run by Community Action Hampshire. If you would like to know more about the support available for all forms of community housing contact

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01962 857387 or go to: Community Action Hampshire.

From Kent to the New Forest via Leatherhead and Chichester

Wickham CLT has been invited to speak at a variety of community housing events in 2018. On 19 and 21 February, we were invited by Surrey Community Action to speak at Community Housing events in Guildford and Leatherhead attended by groups and Councils from across Surrey. On 21 April, we spoke at a lively and packed public meeting launching a possible Hale CLT in the New Forest and at Martin Parish Council (again in the New Forest) on 21 May. We also supported initial discussions about a Portsmouth CLT in April. On 22 October, we were in West Kent talking to about community-led housing there too.

Finally, following our initial meeting in 2015 with Chichester Council to talk about developing CLTs, we were invited back on 29 November to speak to their developing community housing network. On the same day we returned to Tandridge in Surrey at the invitation of Surrey Community Action.

It is highly gratifying to see so much interest in developing community land trusts and we are very pleased to share what knowledge and expertise we have gained along the way, and to learn more from others too.

New Housing

Soon a number of new developments in and around the villages of Knowle and Wickham will include affordable homes (2 and 3 bedrooms) for local people who cannot afford open market prices. Some of these homes will be offered on a Shared Ownership basis. This scheme enables would-be homeowners to purchase part of the equity (typically 50%) while the Land Trust retains ownership of the remaining equity. Mortgages for such Shared Ownership arrangements are therefore considerably more affordable than if you owned the home outright.

If you are interested, please write to:

Wickham Community Land Trust Ltd., PO Box 739, Wickham, PO14 9RH

Or e-mail: 

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New Resident at Houghton Gardens

A new, Snowman March 2018 if temporary, resident moved in at the beginning of March 2018.

In Hampshire, it is very rare to be able to use snow in this way but, we assume, several local residents made good use of this opportunity.

Consultation on New Homes and Public Open Space at Knowle

An exhibition and consultation event regarding a proposal for new housing at Knowle that also releases community open space in the water meadows between Wickham and Knowle was held at Knowle Village Hall on Fri 2 Feb 2018.
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Residents of Knowle and Wickham visited the proposed development site and the water meadows by the River Meon. Wickham CLT trustees attended on both days as WCLT has been invited by Homes England and Winchester City Council to be a potential provider of affordable homes for local people on the site.

Please click here to see a map and more information.

Hampshire Rural Housing Conference In Wickham

In July 2017, Wickham CLT put on a display and spoke at the Hampshire Alliance for Rural Affordable Housing (HARAH) Rural Housing Conference held at Wickham Community Centre and delegates visited Houghton Gardens and one of our properties to talk to our residents. Houghton Gardens Long Shot

New Forest Parish Councils

In June 2017, two New Forest Parish Councils, interested in Community Land Trusts, visited Wickham CLT.

New Publicity Boards For Wickham CLT

In March 2017, thanks to a grant from Cllr Stallard (Hampshire County Council), and the hard work of our Committee member Chris Cook, we updated our publicity boards, including the addition of two pull up banners and purchased a set of display boards and a table.

Surrey Hills CLT

In January 2017, Surrey Hills CLT visited us to look at the practicalities of developing a Community Land Trust.

Abbots Ann Parish Council Presentation

In October 2016, two WCLT Committee members spoke at Abbotts Ann Parish Council about our project, following their earlier visit in 2015. The Parish Council agreed to explore the possibility of establishing a CLT locally on land that they own.

Forced Sale Of Community Land Trust Properties Averted

In 2015, the Government announced plans to force charitable organisations registered with the Homes and Communities Agency (now called Homes England) to sell their properties to tenants. This would extend existing "right to buy" legislation.

Wickham CLT joined a vigorous campaign by the National Community Land Trust movement to revise a policy that would destroy the purpose of Community Land Trusts by selling off affordable homes in communities already under housing pressure.

WCLT trustees travelled to London to lobby supportive MPs and Lords of all parties and met George Hollingbery, our local MP, in January 2016.

The campaign was successful and CLTs were recognised as organisations that would not have to participate in what is now being piloted as a voluntary scheme.

Chichester City Council

In August 2015, Wickham CLT hosted a meeting with Chichester City Council to help them explore the possibility of supporting Community Land Trusts in their area.

Abbots Ann Parish Council Visitors

In February 2015, Wickham CLT hosted a visit by Abbots Ann Parish Council Members interested in possibly developing a Community Land Trust.

Full Occupation

With the handing over of the keys of our last-available shared ownership house on Fri 19 Jul 2013, Wickham Community Land Trust achieved its aim of full occupancy of all 8 of its properties.

2013 Awards

Wickham Community Land Trust was a finalist at two separate award ceremonies in 2013:

Wickham Community Land Trust cherishes its prizes:

8 homes for local people in perpetuity

We are pleased to report that, on Mon 6 Aug 2012, Wickham Community Land Trust bought eight homes in Houghton Gardens, Wickham. YoungHouseHolder1 The first tenants of the Trust moved in within days. Thus, we completed the first chapter of the Trust’s history of service to the community of Wickham. It took seven years of dedication and hard work. Now we can offer our homes to local people who cannot afford to rent or buy local private housing or do not qualify for affordable homes through a housing association.

Recently, our first project has been the subject of a Parity Trust Video.

Four of the Trust’s homes are designated for rental and four are for shared ownership. In the latter category the occupant obtains 50% of the equity value of the home while the CLT retains the remaining 50%. Shared ownership residents can never obtain more than 80% Houghton Gardens of the equity so we are able to retain the use of all the homes for local people, at affordable cost, in perpetuity. To keep the homes local, there is a rigorous screening process.

Our purchase of homes will help to sustain a balanced and thriving community in Wickham. We wish all our residents a happy time in their homes and we thank them for their patience during our long-winded purchase.


All credit for the purchase is owed to the Trustees, particularly to Judy Lucas, Secretary to the Trust, who has been responsible for producing all the Trust’s policies and the detailed legal documentation — creating WCLT has necessitated a mountain of paperwork. Finally, we wish to thank all those who have helped us along the way:


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.