Villagers in Pewsey have voted to approve the aims of a new Community Land Trust. At a meeting in the Bouverie Hall on 16th May, residents from all over the village heard a presentation from the steering group’s acting chairman, Pewsey Architect, Patrick Wilson.
Mr Wilson reported on the progress on the formation of the CLT since January with membership now standing at more than 45, and explained how the group plans to build new houses for rent at below commercial rates. In this way it hopes not only to stop the flow of young people and families leaving the village because of the rising cost of accommodation, but also provide for older generation seeking smaller, lower cost accommodation.
The houses and any other assets, said Mr Wilson, would belong to the community and so be protected from commercial pressures. They would be well-designed and would meet the latest standards of sustainability. Also taking part in the presentation were Vicky Bodman, Community Led Housing Project Manager & and Rebecca Lockwood Norris, Community Led Housing Enabler for Wiltshire.
Vicky Bodman commented: “The Wiltshire Community Led Housing Project supports the work being taken forward by the Pewsey Community Land Trust. The Pewsey Community Land Trust are forging ahead to ensure that they have a mission and vision that reflects the needs and wants of the community. It is great to see such an enthusiastic group of volunteers working together.”
It is hoped to start looking for sites later this year and to be ready with a planning application for refurbishment or new build before the end of 2020.
Following the well-received presentation a member of the audience volunteered to join the steering group and, welcoming her, Mr Wilson stressed the need for more members to the Steering Group, especially with legal, financial and fund-raising skills as well as those with experience of governance. Rebecca Lockwood Norris added; “Pewsey Community Land Trust have received funding from the Wiltshire Community Led Housing Project Set-up Grants Programme. Up to £10,000 per group is available to help cover the initial set up costs of forming a community led housing group; such as legal fees, public engagement and publicity materials.”
The Steering Group meets monthly, and a date for the next public meeting will be agreed in early June for a time in September.
For more information on Pewsey Community Land Trust contact the CLT on 01672562178, or by email at CLTPewsey18@gmail.com
For more information on Community Led Housing in Wiltshire contact the CLD Team on 07423 624816, or by email firstname.lastname@example.org