Communities invited to lead on delivering new affordable homes in north of Great Yarmouth borough

COMMUNITIES in the north of the Great Yarmouth borough are invited to take the lead on bringing forward new affordable homes within their areas - following the setting up of the first Community Land Trust in the south of the borough.

There will be a public meeting at Hemsby Village Hall on Tuesday, December 12, at 7pm, for those who might be interested in forming one or more Community Land Trust (CLTs), covering the northern villages plus Caister-on-Sea.

In addition, Great Yarmouth Borough Council is inviting applications to a new Community-led Housing Grant scheme. Grants of up to £5,000 are available to support communities and groups in the borough who have an interest in developing affordable homes for their local community.

CLTs are a form of community-led housing where local trusts, set up and run by local people, develop and manage homes as well as other assets important to that community. Not-for-profit membership organisations, their main aim is to ensure these homes are genuinely affordable, based on what people actually earn in their area, not just for now but for every future occupier.

Exploring the option of CLTs supports one of the borough council's top priorities, which is to work towards an attractive mix of good quality housing that is fit for purpose for all, and meets both the borough's existing and future needs.

Community Land Trusts provide an opportunity for a community in a rural or urban area to provide local homes for local people at prices which are affordable on local wages, and which are good quality, well designed homes that add to the vibrancy and resilience of communities.

Cllr Andy Grant, chairman of the housing and neighbourhoods committee, said: "The borough council is exploring Community Land Trusts as a model for community-led housing development, thanks to some targeted Government funding. Following an initial meeting, I am pleased to say that the new Lothingland CLT, covering Belton, Browston, Burgh Castle, Fritton and St Olaves, is in the process of being formally set up with its new trustees and members.

"We have now set up a meeting to gauge interest in the north of the borough and bring together local people who might be interested in setting up their own trust or trusts for their communities. We would love you to be part of a Community Land Trust in your area - so please come along and get involved.

"In addition, thanks to the Government funding, the borough council is delighted to offer grants of up to £5,000 to help groups, including CLTs, to explore their ideas for community-led housing with a special advisor, and to develop their initial ideas into investment-ready business plans. This is a great opportunity, so make sure you get your application in soon."

The application form for the Community-led Housing Grant scheme is available by calling Debbie Wildridge on 07703 814581. Further information is available at www.great-yarmouth.gov.uk/community-housing-fund

  • As part of the Government's 2016 budget, a £60m fund was announced to support community-led housing developments in areas where the impact of second homes is particularly acute. Great Yarmouth Borough Council was awarded £650,000.
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