Community-led development: a roadmap for asset ownership

19th October 2021.

Across the UK, land and property development drives the extraction of wealth from local economies. This joint report from CLES and URBED critically analyses the dynamics in local land development markets and explores alternative models of development that build greater community wealth.

The report finds that community-led approaches to workspace, housing and high streets can support a levelling up of our places and that there is an opportunity to develop the practice of community asset transfer (CAT) to support the growth of these models. This report seeks to provide a roadmap towards a more supportive, less fragmented framework for CAT and recommends reforms to the structures of planning and finance that have facilitated the financialisaton of our property markets.