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Meeting set to highlight possible solutions to affordable housing shortage in Allerdale

21 January 2015

A meeting is taking place in Cockermouth next Wednesday (28th January) offering local people more information on Community Land Trusts and self-build homes.

Taking place at The Riversmeet Resource Centre on Market Street at 7pm, it has been organised by Cumbria Rural Housing Trust with support from Allerdale Borough Council and Riversmeet Co-operative in a bid to help address the shortage of affordable housing in the area. The meeting will explain what a Community Land Trust could do for Cockermouth and its surrounding parishes and discuss affordable self-build options. 

Community Land Trusts are non-profit organisations run by volunteers. They build or renovate housing, workspaces and community facilities which are set at permanently affordable rates. The assets are protected for future generations and help generate community re-investment income as well as increasing sustainability.

The results of the most recent Housing Needs Study for Allerdale identified that there is currently a need for 1,185 affordable homes in the borough over the next five years. In an attempt to address this need, one of Allerdale Borough Council’s key projects is to support the delivery of affordable homes through the formation and financial support of Community Land Trusts and bringing empty homes back into use.

At Wednesday’s meeting, Rick Cross, of Riversmeet Co-op, will highlight the benefits to communities, while Emma Bundock, Strategic Housing Manager at Allerdale Borough Council, will outline the council’s policies and explain how it can help develop land trusts through advice and financial support. Bill Bewley will discuss Keswick Community Land Trust’s successful project to develop 11 energy-efficient affordable homes in Keswick, and Andy Lloyd, Community Land Trusts Project Officer at Cumbria Rural Housing Trust, will give practical examples of successful schemes elsewhere in the country.

Due to limited space, anyone wishing to attend should confirm their place with Andy Lloyd on 01768 210265 or email andy@crht.org.uk.

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