Broadwindsor Group Parish and a Community Land Trust

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Broadwindsor Group Parish has the opportunity to set up a Community Land Trust (CLT) which is a social enterprise set up to benefit a specific community by owning important local assets.

The parish council with help from West Dorset District Council and the Wessex Community Land Trust Project, are holding public meetings on Tuesday 10 November at 7.30pm at Broadwindsor Village Hall and Tuesday 24 November at 7.30pm at Drimpton Village Hall to explain more about the benefits to the community of setting up a CLT and to form a steering group.

Managed by a local elected board, a community land trust’s first project is very often to help develop an affordable housing scheme where the trust owns the land and works in partnership with a housing association. The trust controls things that are important to the village such as the location, number and design of the homes. It also ensures that local people have priority to live in them. The trust would also generate an income from ground rents from its housing association partner; an income which would pay for the trust’s running costs. The trust can then go on to protect and maintain other assets which are important to the village, just as the council did with the old shop.

For more information please contact the Parish clerk Helen Cudmore on 01308 488440 or

email hcudmoreclerk@gmail.com

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