Welcome to Emsworth Community Land Trust Land Trust

  The Emsworth Victoria Cottage Hospital site was part of the inspiration for starting the Community Land Trust in 2018. Those actively involved in Emsworth Community Land Trust want to find a way of ensuring that there are community facilities and new homes that will contribute positively to the wellbeing of local people. Community Land Trusts, of which there are more than 200 in the UK, can identify suitable sites and work with partners and the community to build truly affordable accommodation that meets local demand. Trusts can also build community and health-related facilities for the locality. The Emsworth CLT is currently looking at several sites in or near the town. 

Emsworth Cottage Hospital saved from sale to developers

The ECLT was one of the many local organisations that helped drive the campaign of #Emsworth United to prevent the hurried sale of the hospital site by the NHS Property Company in July 2018.  The campaign brought together hundreds of people to hear from the NHS, the local surgery, health experts and others at a crowded and vibrant public meeting in August 2018. As a result of relentless pressure, the NHS withdrew the site from sale in August 2018. Since that time local MP, Alan Mak, chaired meetings about the hospital site and by combined efforts and heeding the results of local consultations the hospital building will again be used for the community, specifically as a new home for the Doctor's Practice as announced in December 2018. The NHS issued a release on December 19th 2018.

The ECLT will continue its work in consultation with its members.  To see the results of the NHS-run surgery consultations in late 2018 click HERE  

To see the release from the NHS about the hospital click HERE.

The future

There are many successful examples throughout the UK where communities have taken the lead on new affordable housing and community and health facilities through a Community Land Trust, and there is every reason to suppose that Emsworth could see similar success.




Successful Public meeting held in April 2019.  Emsworth Community Land Trust puts forward some new projects for consideration by local residents. Click here for a flavour of that meeting. (Thanks to John Tweddell for this film clip).

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A full report of the meeting can be found HERE

Emsworth Surgery redevelopment - latest news HERE


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