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Burton Bradstock joins trailblazing housing scheme

A new community land trust (CLT) has launched in Burton Bradstock as West Dorset continues to blaze a trail in locally-led housing.

Burton Bradstock, near Bridport, is the latest village to set up its own trust to build affordable housing for local people.

It is holding a public meeting on Thursday December 6 at 7.30pm at the village hall when it will launch a share scheme for people to become members.

David Dixon, who is Burton Bradstock CLT chairman, said: “Successive parish plan documents tell us that affordable housing and an ageing demography are the most pressing issues facing our community.

“House prices in Burton Bradstock are well above the average for West Dorset, meaning that families with strong connections to the village find it difficult to find affordable homes to buy or rent in the parish.

“It is essential that we do what we can to support families and young people who want to be part of a healthy and balanced village community.”

Community land trusts are typically formed by local people who will search for plots of land for development.

Usually, they will work with a housing association and associated developer to build homes on the land which are rented out at lower than market rates to people with a local connection.

The Burton Bradstock CLT has been registered as a Community Benefit Society with a six-strong board of residents.

It aims to hold land in trust for the community as well as provide housing.

Villagers are being asked to become a member of the CLT by buying a £1 share at the public meeting.

West Dorset has among the highest number of active community land trusts for any district in the country with more than a dozen.

Contact Burton Bradstock CLT secretary Andrew Bailey at ab@grastonfarm.co.uk for more details or visit the website here.