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Local people to discuss innovative housing for Cockermouth and its parishes

23 February 2015

Allerdale Borough Council along with the Cumbria Rural Housing Trust is calling for more people to join a group interested in developing the use of Community Land Trusts (CLT’s) to support affordable housing in Cockermouth.

Following an initial meeting last month to provide people with more information on CLT’s and how they can benefit local areas and communities, a series of further meetings are now being arranged and any interested parties are encouraged to come along and get involved.

CLT’s can provide a way for local people to get their own ideas off the ground and can include anything from self-builds to eco-design or even co-housing with shared facilities. Cumbria Rural Housing Trust and Allerdale Borough Council can offer technical and funding support to help local communities get innovative schemes up and running.

One such group – the Keswick Community Housing Trust – is already successfully operating in Keswick and is leading the way in pioneering new models of affordable housing in the town by making its rented and shared ownership housing more affordable.

Andy Lloyd, Community Land Trust Officer at the Cumbria Rural Housing Trust, said: “What we’ve learned from the Keswick Community Housing Trust is that the magic ingredient is enthusiasm. They have proved that if a small group of local people get together and have enthusiasm, everything else will fall into place.

“There is a lot of potential in Cockermouth and surrounding parishes to do something exciting and different for local people and there are many ways in which schemes can be developed. We can help to make that happen with the support we provide.”

Community Land Trusts are non-profit, community-led organisations run by volunteers who develop and provide land and buildings to meet the long-term needs of its community. They specialise in affordable homes for local people either through new build, self-build schemes, or the renovation of existing properties. The assets are protected for future generations and help generate community re-investment income as well as increasing sustainability.

One of Allerdale Borough Council’s key priorities is to support the delivery of affordable homes including the formation of Community Land Trusts and bringing empty homes back into use. The Council recently sold off a disused toilet block building to the Keswick Community Housing Trust to convert into four new affordable homes.

Graeme Wilson, Head of Housing and Health at Allerdale Borough Council, said: “The Council is fully supportive of developing Community Land Trusts, which fine tune local affordability, protect homes and prioritise local need. We want all of our communities to be strong and vibrant, and we hope that the people of Cockermouth get behind this initiative with the same passion and enthusiasm as we have seen in Keswick and can work together with our support to tackle the important issues affecting their town.”

The next meeting will be held on Wednesday 11th March at 7pm at The Castle Bar on Market Place in Cockermouth. To find out more about community housing projects or self-commissioned homes, contact Andy Lloyd on 01768 210265 or email andy@crht.org.uk.

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