Building affordable housing in Thame with the people who will live there.

Thame CLT

Over the last 18 months, Transition by Design have worked with Thame Community Land Trust, supporting the group’s development from incorporation to securing a three-acre rural site for around 30 homes.

Our team have supported Thame CLT in developing a clear vision and set of objectives which has been instrumental in enabling them to secure grants from the Community Housing Fund and Community Led Homes Start-up Fund, as well as allowing them to prioritise their needs.


Transition by Design has supported Thame CLT to date with a number of services.

This has included the procurement of a housing needs survey, development of a communications strategy, advice on tenure and Registered Provider partnership options, financial modelling and development appraisal and most recently, brief and design development.

Transition by Design is currently appointed to provide architectural services including the development of a design brief, site options appraisal and design development to support an application for pre-planning advice. 

We believe good communication is key, especially when working with clients comprising a broad membership. As such, we prepare regular reports and encourage touching base via phone and face-to-face meetings with both steering committees and sub-working groups, where appropriate.

The team are skilled problem solvers, combining the pieces of the puzzle needed to progress to site acquisition and commence a pre-planning application

Bob Austin, Chair of Thame CLT

This has enabled us to support Thame CLT to get to a place where they are confident and comfortable with their direction in an effective and efficient manner, Thame CLT are now in a good position to secure their first site and move through their Community Housing Fund milestones towards Full Planning Application submission.

Transition by Design has in-house accredited Technical Advisors for advising community-led housing groups on various elements of their strategy, governance, vision, business plan and community engagement. Through this role we have advised over 10 community housing groups in Oxfordshire and across the UK. Our expertise in community-led housing compliments our participatory research and design skills, especially within workshop delivery.