Village sets wheels in motion on new community land trust
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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.
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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.”
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For more information about the land trust, visit www.witchfordclt.org.uk or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org