Wadhurst Parish Council

 

September 7th 2019

The Parish Council has been investigating the possibility of enabling the formation of an organisation, such as a Community Land Trust, which could provide Local Housing for truly Local people at an affordable price. At the Council meeting on the 12th of September, they received a presentation by a representative of the Sussex Community Housing Hub explaining the methodology and possible benefits in setting up such an organisation.

The Council agreed, that as the Trust would be “owned” by the community and NOT the Parish Council, the next stage in this venture should be a Public Meeting to which all the community would be invited

Now we are pleased to report, there is to be a Public Meeting, sponsored by the Parish Council in the Commemoration Hall on Thursday 28th November 2019 at 7.15 pm to which you are all invited.

There will be a presentation, followed by a discussion, on the feasibility of establishing a Community Land Trust or similar financial vehicle, in Wadhurst and “owned” by the community, to try and provide Affordable Housing for Local People. The presentation will be by a representative of the Sussex Community Housing Hub who will explain the principles behind this potential community venture.

There are similar ventures in other locations in Sussex and indeed across the UK, so Wadhurst would not be the first community in the country to provide Local Homes for Local People at less than market value as such a Trust would be a Not for Profit organisation.

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