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Co-Housing Comes To Bridport

Bridport Co Housing

9:42am 26th May 2014

It's called Cohousing, you have your own home and your own front door but you share other facilities, like a sitting room and a garden.

32 new affordable homes are coming to Bridport as part of a new Cohousing Scheme being put together by the Bridport Cohousing Land Trust.

The properties are due to go up on a site next to Bridport Hospital in North Allington.

They'll be a market garden, a play area, meeting space and care sharing club for the wider community.

West Dorset District Council's just given £19,750 to the scheme to help with architect fees and planning costs.

Robert Gould, Leader of West Dorset District Council, said: "This is an exciting project and shows what people can achieve by joining together. It sounds like it will be an amazing place to live and I am very glad we have been able to support it.
"It will be a leading national example of cohousing, an innovative way of living where people have their own homes but also share some facilities."

The size of the development means that the Bridport Cohousing Community Land Trust need £76,075 to pay for architect fees, planning and legal costs. In addition to the district council's grant, which was approved by the Executive Committee on Tuesday (20/5), they have also received a £46,500 grant from the Homes and Communities Agency and raised £10,000 themselves.

The trust plan to create a mixture of affordable rented and discounted-shared ownership homes. It is proposed that 12 of the properties will be affordable rented homes developed by a housing association.         

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