Over 50 residents attended the meeting, despite the Croatia v England match, to discover how a Community Land Trust could bring to the parish affordable homes for local people.
A very useful presentation given by members of Wessex Community Land Trust Project explained the role of a CLT, the process of setting up a CLT and, most important of all, how a CLT is community led for the benefit of the community. Liz Maunder from Norton sub Hamdon CLT gave a personal and positive example of how the building of affordable homes has provided high quality homes for local families, and how the CLT are now able to run a thriving community shop.
Lots of questions followed, and a show of hands from all but one in the hall gave a 'yes' to the principle of a CLT being formed. This positive response was reinforced when a call for volunteers to join a steering group received many names.
If you were unable to attend the meeting and are interested in committing time and energy to being on the steering group, please contact the Parish Clerk, Vicky Young
At a later date, information will be available explaining how to become a member of the CLT. In the meantime, the steering group will meet in September (tbc), working with Wessex CLT Project team to start the process of setting up the CLT, finding a suitable site, and choosing a housing association to work with.
To find out more about rural affordable homes l, listen to: Farming Today - Farming Today This Week 14/07/18: Rural Housing - @bbcradio4F
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If you want to know about the work of Wessex CLT Project and examples of some of the CLT projects they have helped to create
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