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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.

News Update (May 2024)

Getting Ready for Take-off
The building work at the former Stars newsagent at 68-70 Church Street is finally nearing completion. All of the interior has been totally refurbished, every wall has been re-plastered and painted. The fitted kitchens are being installed, and the rear of the site is being paved and landscaped. We expect the builders will be ready to hand the building back to the Trust by the end of June if not before, and we hope our new tenants will be moving in during July. Information about how the tenancies will be allocated, and how to apply, is outlined below

As the day the Stars shop comes back to life draws closer, Kate Evans Chair of the Trust says; ‘We are extremely excited  - this has been such a long time coming – we’ve had to jump through many hoops and overcome difficult challenges to get here. But the end of build is approaching and a new era for the Stars is about to begin!’ We still need new shareholders, board members, donations and volunteers to carry on with our work – next exciting project is the old abattoir at the back of the stars building, which will become the new home for the Bishops Castle food bank.”

You will be able to see some of the plans and proposals for this at the Yard sale as well as the history of the whole project.

  • The first use of the shop will be our Yard Sale stall on Sunday 26th of May, where townsfolk can make suggestions for events in the shop, and people can sponsor a tile with their name on. Any contributions for the sale will be gratefully received

  • followed by the Open Studios event on the 14th-16th June, when the shop will act as information hub for the 18 venues around the town. For more information please go

  • In July there will be a formal Grand Opening Day for the community shop; (date TBA.)

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.


For more information please contact  

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.


Our homes


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.

Our homes - No's 1 and 2 Kings Head Yard, when new (2012)

Stars Appeal

Please donate towards the Stars Appeal. Funds will go towards the building work for affordable housing. 

Buy a Share

For just £50, you can become part of our local solution.

Board members studying the plans for the Stars

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Artist sketch of the Stars (c) Ian Tompkins
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