A conference discussing the work of community land trusts was staged in Ely yesterday.
It attracted more than 100 delegates who heard keynote speeches from Government advisors, local authorities and representatives from villages which had developed their own trusts.
The conference aimed to show how trusts could bring the public and private sector to work together with communities to develop the housing and infrastructure which many areas desperately needed.
Cllr Charles Roberts, deputy leader of East Cambridgeshire District Council, said: “Community land trusts are being seen by more and more people as the best way of providing new homes to residents, while giving local people a far greater say in how developments can benefit the whole community.”
In East Cambridgeshire, the district council had identified community land trusts as one of the best ways to meet the local needs for affordable housing.
The aim was to help deliver two new trusts by the end of this year.