Broadwindsor Group Parish Community Land Trust
Update Oct 2017
Update June 2017
After a long delay, a meeting took place on 25 May with Dorset County Partnerships planning department in Dorchester to discuss the pre-application proposal that BGP CLT submitted for the Drimpton site in March.
This meeting was attended by members of the BGP CLT committee, our advisors from Wessex CLT Projects, Yarlington Housing Group and architects Trewin Design. T
he senior planner was happy in principle with the site location, and the proposed development in general. The CLT was requested to submit additional alternative design options for further discussion. These are in the process of being drawn up and will be submitted shortly. The CLT will be meeting again with the landowners shortly.
Membership of BGP SLT is growing and we would very much encourage others living within the Broadwindsor Group Parish area who have an interest in affordable housing to join the CLT. Membership forms are available on our website or from any committee member.
Update, March 2017
Site feasibility surveys of the proposed site at Netherhay Lane, Drimpton, were completed during February.
Trewin Design will submit a revised layout plan to Dorset County Partnerships for pre-application discussion with planners. This meeting is expected to take place around the end of March.
The CLT’s preferred option would be to install an on-site sewerage system for this development. This would not impact on the mains sewer in view of the problems currently experienced in Marksmead and Oxhayes in Drimpton.
Dorset Council Partnerships’ housing need information indicates that there are currently 14 households registered within the Broadwindsor Group Parish area. A draft allocation plan specific to this site is being developed by the CLT and Yarlington Housing Group. This will be for properties to rent and shared ownership properties and will outline priorities and provide definitions of ‘local connections’.
A quarterly newsletter – BGP CLT News is now available on our website (see link below) as well as on the parish council, Broadwindsor and Drimpton websites. Copies are also available from Broadwindsor Community Stores, the pubs and village halls in Broadwindsor and Drimpton and Kittwhistle Garage.
Members of BGP CLT will be providing a presentation on the project at the Broadwindsor Group Parish Council Annual meeting on 15 May at Drimpton Village Hall.
More information is available on the BGP CLT website at www.broadwindsorgroupparishclt.org.
For the March 2017 Newsletter please download the following pdf: Newsletter_1 March2017 F
Update, February 2017
Site feasibility surveys of the proposed Netherhay Lane site in Drimpton should be completed by the end of February. This information will inform the initial layout design sketches by Trewin Design Architects, to form the basis for discussions with planning and highways departments at Dorset County Partnerships.
Once the proposed layout plans are at a more detailed stage, BGP CLT will hold a public consultation meeting during the summer of 2017 at which proposed layout plans will be on display and comments invited from the local communities.
The CLT will also host a housing ‘clinic’ at which Yarlington Housing Group and Dorset Councils Partnership’s Housing Enabling Officer will be present to respond to questions on the housing register, tenancy, and shared ownership.
The CLT’s engineering consultant (Barnaby Associates) has had initial discussions with Highways department, who have indicated that they do not wish to have a pavement installed on Netherhay Lane, and that any entrance splay to the development should be designed for mixed use (traffic and pedestrian). As there is an existing regular bus service along Netherhay Lane, there is the possibility of negotiating for the bus stop to be moved into the development entrance, causing minimal disturbance to the current road layout arrangements.
The CLT has highlighted the issue of sewerage problems currently experienced in Drimpton. Our preferred option would be to install an on-site sewerage system for this development, which would not impact on the mains sewer. This would be similar to the successful arrangements in place in the Bramble Hay development in Marshwood.
Dorset Councils Partnership is in the process of collating housing need information for the Broadwindsor Group Parish area. The CLT, along with development partner Yarlington Housing Group, is developing a housing allocation plan, covering priorities and definitions of ‘local connections’.
Dorset Councils Partnership will receive an allocation from central government’s Community Housing fund. BGP CLT will be able to apply to this for capital grant funding for the next stage of the project, to develop a planning application.
A video showing an example of another rural CLT project in Devon (Christow CLT) was shared by Wesex CLT Projects. Click here to see it.
BGP CLT will publish its first quarterly Newsletter in March.
More information is available on the BGP CLT website at www.broadwindsorgroupparishclt.org
December 2016 was a busy month, with important appointments being made to progress the CLT project. Following a selection process, we are pleased to announce that:
- Yarlington Housing Group has been confirmed as BGP CLT’s preferred development partner (http://www.yhg.co.uk/home.aspx ). They have proven experience of working with CLTs (e.g. in Lyme Regis, Devon and Somerset).
- Trewin Design Architects has been chosen to work with us on the initial feasibility stage of the project (http://www.trewin-design.co.uk/southwest-architecture-and-design-projects/ ). They have extensive experience on working with CLTs in the South West and on rural Exception sites.
- Anthony Collins Solicitors has been appointed to undertake the legal work for the feasibility stage of the project. Again, this firm has much proven experience of working in the CLT sector.
We look forward to working with these companies on our project.
Several feasibility surveys of the proposed site in Drimpton are being undertaken during January 2017, and will include:
- Topological Survey
- Land Survey (ground conditions and drainage)
- Landscape Assessment
- Ecological Survey
- Tree Survey
These will inform the initial sketch designs for up to 15 houses, to include 1-bed, 2-bed and 3-bed homes, some of which will be shared ownership homes.
BGP CLT has received Community Building Feasibility grant funding from Homes & Communities Agency to cover the site feasibility work, and from Dorset County Partnerships to cover the legal costs.
More information is available on the BGP CLT website at www.broadwindsorgroupparishclt.org .
During October, the BGP CLT Steering Group received approval for grant funding towards legal services from West Dorset District Council. Once the funding has been received, a firm of solicitors will be selected.
Tenders have been received from contractors to undertake a number of site feasibility surveys on the preferred site. This information has enabled us to submit of an application for Community Building Feasibility grant funding.
Expressions of interest have also been received from two housing associations to work with us as partners on this project. Interviews to select a preferred partner will take place during November.
At a special AGM meeting of members of BGP CLT, held in Comrades Hall on 15 November 2016, all members of the steering group stood down. Three board members, who had been nominated and seconded, were then elected by the membership: David Leader (chair), Jacqui Sewell (treasurer) and Sheila Hawkins (secretary).
The five remaining members of the steering group have expressed willingness to serve on the management committee and will be co-opted to this by the board members at the next board meeting: Ken Banks, Nick Bellorini, Steve Chubb, Philip Coltart and Lesley Tibballs. No other nominations were received.
Also at the special AGM, David Hitchcock (Chair of Marshwood CLT) spoke to members about the benefits to the wider community of CLT projects as well as outlining some of the issues that can arise during the course of a project.
More information is available on the BGP CLT website at www.broadwindsorgroupparishclt.org .
Update, October 2016
At the public meeting held in Drimpton in September, the majority of those attending were in support of the proposal to develop a maximum of 15 affordable homes for rent to families and those with a strong local connection to the Group Parish Council area. With this mandate, the BGP CLT is proceeding with the contract tender process for site feasibility work, which involves a number of surveys – topographical, trees, ecological, groundworks, and landscape design. The CLT is also seeking expressions of interest from architectural practices and housing associations. Once the design team is in place, we will be working closely with them to achieve sustainability and designs in keeping with the rural nature of the site and the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Landscape design will be a very important element in this process. Outline plans will be presented to the local community at public meetings in due course.
We have a growing number of supporters who have joined the BGP CLT as members. We would welcome anyone from within the Broadwindsor Group Parish area to join us through the purchase of Shares at a cost of £1.00p each. More information about the BGP CLT’s objectives, summaries of meeting discussions, and membership can be found on our website at www.broadwindsorgroupparishclt.org .
The Broadwindsor Group Parish Community Land Trust will hold an Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, 15 November in Comrades Hall, Broadwindsor starting at 7.30pm. At this meeting, which is open to Members only, the current Steering Group will stand down and new members of the Board will be elected.