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A decade in the making – 53 affordable ecohomes could be coming to Bridport this year.

Bridport Cohousing are well on their way to making their 53 ecohome development a reality, and even more affordable for local people.

A decade in the making, and following a recent development in funding, Bridport Cohousing say they now have ownership and full planning consent on the seven acre site in North Allington next to Bridport Community Hospital.

The development will offer a mix of one bedroom flats and to two to four bedroom  houses and will  be available for a range of incomes. The scheme was always intended for rent or sale at 80% of the open market value, but now following a recent submission for grant funding from Homes England, the scheme will also be able to offer homes for social rent and shared ownership between 25% and 75% of the open market value.

Lin Scrannage from Bridport Cohousing, said: “With tenders from construction companies currently under scrutiny, it looks highly likely that after a decade of planning and negotiation the homes will start to be built by the end of this year, enabling 53 households to gain access to affordable properties in Bridport town.”

Once built, the development will be named ‘Hazlemead’ and will feature a  large green space for community food growing or leisure activities and also a ‘common house’ on site which allows residents access to shared resources, including;  a children’s playroom, a lounge, office space and laundry facilities. Free onsite parking around the perimeter of the development will also be available to residents. This means main streets will remain car free, providing an open space for children to play in.

Bridport Cohousing said: “The idea of cohousing is to promote a neighbourhood with community at its heart and which is actively engaged in making its own decisions and managing its own organisation.”

A free event will be held on Sunday 17 November for those who wish to find out more information. Held at the Bridport Town hall from 2-5pm, the event will provide information on the project and also what it might be like to live in cohousing. This will be followed by a Q&A session about Shared Ownership, Help to Buy and renting from the groups partner housing association. Tickets to the free event are available via Eventbrite. (but restricted to under 60’s and people living in Bridport and surrounding parishes.)

Bridport Cohousing are currently looking for new members and is particularly interested in attracting young people and families to join the project. A spokesman for the group said “The town and surrounding villages have a lack of affordable housing and many younger people are having to live with parents, pay high private rents or having to leave the town altogether because they cannot afford to buy or rent a home of their own here.”

For more information email info@bridportcohousing.org.uk