Crystal Palace Community Land Trust aims to steward land to provide affordable homes, workspace and other community assets, building local resilience and sustainability.

We are part of Crystal Palace Transition Town, a community led response to the climate emergency. As well as the CLT, the transition town runs other projects to reduce our carbon footprint and build community resilience.

What is a CLT?

We are owned, controlled and led by our members, who all live or work in the local community.


We aim to buy land and buildings, and develop new homes and other assets that the local area needs.


We will use our assets for the wellbeing of the community, e.g. affordable homes.


How we work

Anybody who lives or works in Crystal Palace and the surrounding area can become a member for £1. Our members ultimately own and control what we do.

We have a Board, elected at our Annual General Meetings, that governs the organisation. The Board currently comprises Chris Axon (Chair), Tom Chance (Secretary), Janet Cooke, Robert Shaw and Bernard Humphrey-Gaskin.

Our Board also has committees that other members can join to help with:

  • financial management and audit
  • housing management
  • community engagement and membership

We also have a Project Board which leads on our projects. The Project Board for The Lawns is chaired by Robert Shaw.

We are a Community Benefit Society, registered with the Financial Conduct Authority with society number 8184. You can see our entry in the FCA Mutuals Register for more info, and to read our rules.