The BBC local news programme South Today has broadcast an item on how Community Land Trusts are providing affordable homes for local people in Dorset. They featured both the already built homes at Worth Matravers over in the east of the county and the proposed scheme for Toller Pocorum which also includes the building of a Post Office for the village. The Worth Matravers houses have a rather radical design, very different to the farmyard look we are going for here in Marshwood. To read the story on the BBC web site and watch the piece click the picture below.
Following yet another letter sent on 2nd May to the Homes and Community Agency (HCA) asking them not to sanction our application for a grant to help with building of our Affordable Homes we are delighted to say that today, Monday 20th May the HCA did ratify our grant. This will now be paid to Hastoe Housing Association to assist in financing the building of the new houses
Hastoe Housing Association in association with the Marshwood Community Land Trust held a Public Meeting 23rd April 2013 at Blackdown Village Hall Notes from the meeting Hastoe Rob Aspray (Regional Development Manager) Mark Richardson (Architect) West Dorset District Council Paul Derrien (Rural Housing Officer) Karina Walker (Housing Officer) Michael Robinson (District Councillor) Community Land Trust David Hitchcock (Chairman) Ali Edwards (Director) Rob England (Director) Charles Somers (Director) Fred Bailey (Director) Emma Turner (Secretary) Anne Marie-Chapman (Director) Apologies Notes of the proceedings David Hitchcock welcomed 57 members of the public and introduced his CLT directors and the
At the public meeting held tonight at Blackdown village hall local residents by a show of hands overwhelmingly voted in favourof the affordable housing scheme at the proposed Thane Farm site in Marshwood. Before the meeting drawings of the proposed houses where on show and representatives from Hastoe Housing Group and West Dorset District Council were on hand to answer questions.
Hastoe Group and Marshwood Community Land Trust will be holding a public meeting at Blackdown Village Hall on Tuesday 23rd April 2013. Plans for the proposed affordable homes will be on view from 3pm and 7pm and this will be followed by an open meeting. Representatives of Hastoe, the CLT and WDDC will be on hand during the day to answer questions.
We have just updated the page for those seeking housing advice (see here). Alternately visit the dorsetforyou web site.
The Inaugural General Meeting On Monday 11th February at Blackdown Village Hall the Marshwood Community Land Trust held a General Meeting at 7.30pm to elect the Directors for the next few months until the next AGM. Up until now the CLT has been run by willing members of the steering committee who were prepared to become Directors to run the CLT for the first six months. Fully paid up members of the CLT were invited to attend and it was somewhat disappointing that so few came. However the following were duly elected to serve as Directors. Charles Somers, Ali Edwards,
Those of you who live in the Upper Marshwood Vale parish should have received the latest edition of Beneath The Vale (Winter 2012). For those of you not in the area the on-line PDF version has now been uploaded to the parish council web site, click on the image to read it. There is an article on pages 6 & 7 about our CLT and the housing project, including a statement from Marshwood CLT.
Here is a short film on Community Land Trusts produced by the National CLT Network, May 2012.