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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

Permanently.


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

be elected.


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: ab@grastonfarm.co.uk

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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

about.

“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

local people.

“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

for 2019.”

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: ab@grastonfarm.co.uk