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08 October 2018
FOUNDATION STONE LAID FOR BURTON BRADSTOCK COMMUNITY LAND TRUST
A community led housing group with the ambition to provide affordable homes for local families
has been established as the Burton Bradstock Community Land Trust Limited. News of the
incorporation of the new body came through this month and members can now make a start on
recruiting members, collecting data on local housing need and beginning to search for housing
sites in the parish for a small development of affordable hormones for local people.
The new Community Land Trust (CLT) has been established as a Community Benefit Society by a
founding board drawn from the parish. The stated objectives of the new Community Land Trust
include holding land in trust for the community and providing housing for those in need as well as
helping to improve housing standards in the parish.
Founding Chair of the new Burton Bradstock CLT David Dixon has long recognised the
problem facing families wanting to stay in or move to the village - “ Successive Parish
Plan documents tell us that affordable housing and an ageing demography are the most
pressing issues facing our community”. House prices in the Burton Bradstock are well
above the average for West Dorset, meaning that families with strong connections to the
village find it difficult to affordable homes to buy or rent in the parish. "It is essential that
we do what we can to support families and young people who want to be a healthy and
balanced village community”.
A public meeting held in the spring of 2018 attended by over 100 local people heard how
communities across West Dorset are establishing Community Land Trust, a locally owned solution
to the housing crisis where the community take an active role in securing site for affordable
housing and through local arrangements ensure that the new homes remain affordable
A second public meeting is planned for December 2018 to explain how the CLT will go about
finding sites for affordable homes and encouraging local people to support the CLT by becoming
a member. Membership is open to all and starts at just £1. Membership forms are available from:
Burton Bradstock Library, Post Office and online @Burton Bradstock Parish Council
In April 2019 a formal Special General Meeting will be held for members at which a new Board will
If you are interested in affordable housing in Burton Bradstock, know of possible sites for
housing in the parish or want to show support by becoming a member contact: Andrew
Bailey, Secretary of the BB CLT Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
BURTON BRADSTOCK COMMUNITY LAND TRUST – BUY A SHARE IN THE
FUTURE OF THE VILLAGE
The newly-formed Burton Bradstock Community Land Trust is urging local people to buy
£1 share and become a member of the community-led housing group.
A public meeting is being held in Burton Bradstock Village Hall on Thursday 6
December at 7.30pm when the share scheme will be launched.
The Burton Bradstock CLT has been registered as a Community Benefit Society and
has appointed a Board of six local residents to guide the Trust through its first six
months of operation.
The first projects include starting to search for sites for small developments of affordable
housing and to promote membership of the CLT to local people who are supportive of
providing affordable homes for people with a strong local connection.
The stated objectives of the new Community Land Trust include holding land in trust for
the community and providing housing for those in need as well as helping to improve
housing standards in the parish.
Chair of Burton Bradstock CLT David Dixon says: “More than 100 people attended our
first public meeting in the spring when we outlined what Community Land Trusts are all
“Now that the Trust has been formed, we are moving on to the next steps, which include
finding sites within the village for affordable homes and building our membership among
“We are inviting anyone with an interest in the future of our village to the meeting on 6
December when there will be the chance to find out more and be among the first to take
up the £1 share offer.
“There will be seasonal refreshments too and the chance to chat to the CLT Steering
Group and Board members about how Community Land Trusts operate and our plans
If you are interested in affordable housing in Burton Bradstock, know of possible sites
for housing in the parish or want to show support by becoming a member contact:
Andrew Bailey, Secretary of the BB CLT Email: email@example.com
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