Village sets wheels in motion on new community land trust

PUBLISHED: 08:00 17 April 2015

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Witchford could become the latest parish to set up a community land trust – giving villagers the power to develop housing and infrastructure.

A group has been set up by Witchford Parish Council which is looking into the feasibility of setting up a trust in the village, while an appeal for land has also been made.

At its April meeting, the parish council noted: “A representative from the steering group that has been established to look into the feasibility of setting up a community land trust in Witchford informed the council that a meeting has been held with CLT East and an initial action plan drawn up.

“A call for land will be made locally. An application will shortly be made for a grant from East Cambridgeshire District Council to help with start-up costs. The steering group has met with Stretham and Wilburton CLT and the feedback from this was very positive.”

A community land trust allows trustees to plan and build their own housing and community facilities, while also giving priority to people living in the village.

Trusts have also been set up in Stretham and Wilburton, and in Soham.

Councillor Gareth Wilson, who represents Witchford on East Cambridgeshire District Council, said: “The advantage of the community land trust is that local people decide where the housing goes and it makes sure that local people go into the houses as well.”

For more information about the land trust, visit www.witchfordclt.org.uk or e-mail clerk@witchfordclt.org.uk

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