Applications Invited

Applications are now invited for the 6, 1 Bed Flats or the 2, 2 bed shared ownership houses on the Shade site. this can be done by going to  the download page on this website and complete the Expression of Interest form.

Shade Development

The CLT development at the Shade is progressing well.  You can keep up to date with the progress by logging on to,

To get an application form for any of the properties go to our download page.


CLT Homes on the Shade site


Work is now underway on the CLT homes; these will include 6×1 bed Flats at affordable rents, 1×2 bed and 1×3 bed houses for shared ownership.

All the application forms and further information is available on our website:   go to the “download page”.

The Ecology Building Society is keen to help out people dealing with shared ownership and CLT’s. They have a good understanding of how shared ownership works.   It might be worth looking at them if you are interested in one of the shared ownership properties.

If you would like to join Thrift CLT membership is just £1. Please contact

September Newsletter

Building work to begin at The Shade

Dear Member

As you may already know, planning permission was granted in February 2017 for the construction of thirteen dwellings, including four houses and nine apartments, on land opposite The Shade and on the corner of Kingfisher Drive. Eight of the homes will be provided as affordable houses for people that are working and living in Soham parish. I am writing to let you know that work is due to commence very shortly.

This community-led housing scheme is the result of a partnership between Thrift Community Land Trust  and Palace Green Homes.  Palace Green Homes is a development company that is wholly owned by East Cambridgeshire District Council. PGH specialise in the delivery of community-led housing schemes and the profits that are made are re-invested back into District Council services that directly benefit local people.

A construction company, E. N. Suiter & Sons, has now been appointed to build the homes and we have agreed with them that work to prepare the site will begin this month. The site has now been cleared with construction fencing erected in readiness of building starting later this month, completion is expected by summer 2018.

The Partnership is committed to ensuring that those who will be most affected by the construction of the homes are kept informed and that we do everything we can to minimise the impacts, such as noise and dust, of the building work. The safety of the site is also of paramount importance due to the proximity of The Shade Primary School. Traffic entering and leaving the site will be carefully managed at all times by personnel. Construction workers’ cabins will be located to the south, away from the vicinity of the school. We will also look where possible to minimise deliveries to site during the school run hours and have written to parents and carers to let them know about work starting on site.

In order to help the development run smoothly we have asked local residents and parents that have been using the unmade track to park their vehicles to find alternative parking. If vehicles are found parked it could restrict our development and we will take appropriate enforcement action to ensure removal of any vehicles.

We are very confident that this development is a great scheme for Soham, delivering much needed affordable homes for local people and tidying up a neglected piece of land in the town. There will inevitably be a degree of disruption during the construction period. However, our commitment is to do our best to manage our work so it causes as little impact as possible, keeping you informed as work progresses.


Throughout the construction period we will let you know the progress on the site.  If you have any questions please contact us through the website.




Annual General Meeting evening

The Soham Thrift CLT Annual General Meeting was held in the Towns newly refurbished Pavilion on the 23 March.

Plans of our new development were on display and many people took the opportunity to ask questions.  A total of 12 new members joined the CLT.  Remember it costs just £1 for life membership and give you the right to a voice and a vote within the CLT.  You can sign up on the website.

The work on the site is expected to begin in July, and could be completed by late summer 2018.

Anyone interested in applying for a CLT property should complete the Expression of Interest form on the website.

Click here to view the minutes of the meeting.