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Bridport Cohousing win at the National CLT Network awards

Monica King of Bridport Cohousing has won the award for ‘’Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop’’ at the National CLT Network awards ceremony held in Birmingham this month which champions people and projects  from around the country that have achieved great things in the past year. She was one of eight nominees and picked because she has worked tirelessly for a decade to help bring our development of 53 affordable eco houses to fruition, and is an unpaid wonder!!

This project could easily have fallen apart so many times. Bridport Cohousing faced incredibly difficult challenges from stakeholder partners, renegotiating agreements with 3 different housing association partners over the years and dealing with the impacts of successive government policies. They learned to navigate their way through an extremely complicated access agreement with NHS lawyers, and work their way through the local planning process, submitting various plans on a piece of land which has involved buying it in different phases, whilst having to find ways of financing themselves through grant applications, loans, members deposits  and community loan schemes.

Lin Scrannage, From Bridport Cohousing, said: “Monica has never lost her nerve, or her calm – just got on with  the job in hand in a most professional and diligent way. Her patience, empathy, good humour and experience all combine to  make a truly exceptional person, so it is no wonder that in the category ‘’Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop’’ she was declared overall winner at the awards.”