A suggestion had been presented to the Council, in April, by Mr. John Mathers of Community Lincs, that a Community Land Trust scheme might be one way of ensuring that the Linelands site remains in use as a care facility.
Section 79 of the Housing and Regeneration Act 2008 defines a Community Land Trust as:
A corporate body which
- is established for the express purpose of furthering the social, economic and environmental interests of a local community by acquiring and managing land and other assets in order
- to provide a benefit to the local community;
- to ensure that the assets are not sold or developed except in a manner which the trust's members think benefits the local community.
- is established under arrangements which are expressly designed to ensure that:
- any profits from its activities will be used to benefit the local community (otherwise than by being paid directly to members);
- individuals who live or work in the specified area have the opportunity to become members of the trust (whether or not others can also become members);
- the members of a trust control it.
It is understood that Longhurst Housing Association, which owns the neighbouring Church View facility, is considering options for the site. These include a physically joint new development to the existing scheme to allow for shared facilities. A split freehold would make this idea very difficult to pursue. Any scheme is in the very early stages, until Lincolnshire County Council commits to progress plans further with Longhurst they are not prepared to invest resources in potentially abortive pre-development work.
The Linelands building remains closeed and boarded up.