Bridport Becomes First Town In Dorset To Get Community Land Trust
10:02am 20th January 2013
Bridport's the first town in Dorset to get its own Community Land Trust.
Residents' village groups have already formed trusts to buy land to provide their communities with affordable housing, including at Buckland Newton, near Dorchester.
Another, at Symondsbury, near Bridport is awaiting planning permission.
But the idea's never been tried in an urban part of Dorset before.
More than 40 people attended a meeting at Bridport Town Hall last week, to find out more.
The initiative's come about because of an acute need for affordable housing in Bridport, with high property and rental prices but low incomes, together with news that two major housing associations working in Dorset won't be building any more houses in Bridport in the foreseeable future.
Residents can buy membership of the trust, and take over its running in six months time when the launch directors intend stepping down. They may also be able to access funding from various groups to help with providing homes. West Dorset District council has already committed funds to the concept of Community Land Trusts across its district.
For more information on the trust, or how to join you can contact Cllr Ros Kayes, who is one of the launch directors, on 07920 850167 or email firstname.lastname@example.org