Pilot project to support community-owned housing

Carnegie Trust says £130,000 scheme will look at key factors in the success of community land trusts

*This article was corrected on 7 May - see note below

The Carnegie Trust is setting up a £130,000 pilot project in south-west England to research and support community-owned housing.

The two-year programme is backed by money from the Communities and Local Government department and will help develop community land trusts - housing that is owned by the community and run for the benefit of local people.

The project will be delivered by Resonance and Wessex Community Assets, two organisations that provide investment support to not-for-profit organisations.

"Four or five communities in Cornwall have had some success in developing community land trusts," said Daniel Brewer, director of Resonance. "We're hoping to work with groups in Dorset and Somerset to look at the key factors that allow land trusts to work.

"We're also testing to see whether we can develop a sustainable support model. We're hoping that the help and advice we give will lead to enough fees to sustain the programme past the initial two years we have funding for."

Correction note: Resonance is hoping to work with groups in Dorset and Somerset, not Devon and Somerset as the quote attributed to Daniel Brewer read in the original version of this story.

 

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