The primary purpose of the Bishops Castle & District Community Land Trust is to provide affordable housing for local people in need of somewhere to live. The Trust is owned by 286 member shareholders, most of whom live in and around Bishop’s Castle.
Who are we?
The Bishops Castle Community Land Trust is owned by its 286 shareholder members and managed by a Board of local people. Five women and six men are currently serving as Board members, and include a solicitor, a chartered surveyor, two people who run businesses in the town, a Town Councillor, a County Councillor and one of our tenants.
Elections to the Board are held every year. You do not have to be a member of the Trust to stand for election. We welcome enquiries from anyone interested in contributing to the work of the Trust.
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What do we do?
The primary objective of the Trust is to provide affordable housing for local people in housing need. We meet that objective by building or acquiring buildings for the long-term benefit of the people in Bishop’s Castle and its surrounding area.
As a small independent Trust, we don’t receive government funding, and our main source of income is derived from the below market rents we collect from our tenants. From spring 2022, we have been renovating a neglected property left empty for six years, which will provide two flats.
We know how much our homes have made a positive difference to all those who have been given a roof over their heads since they were built in 2011, and want to do more.
Numbers 1 and 2 Kings Head Yard provide affordable rented accommodation to local people in housing need, right in the centre of Bishops Castle.
With extra insulation, triple glazing and heat recovery, these homes have proved to be a real asset to the town since their construction in 2012.