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Community Land Trust

15 January 2020

As you will be aware, there is currently an unfulfilled need in the village for affordable social housing to rent and a couple of years ago the community sacrificed its S106 funding to help set up the new school.  At the end of last year NSC Parish Council set up two initial meetings in order to assess the local appetite for a Community Land Trust with a view to addressing these shortcomings

The parish council also registered an interest in the old school site as a potential asset of community value.  Unfortunately our application was turned down by the Mid Devon Planners in spite of an appeal.  At the same time the old school site was put on the market by Devon County Council,  with a short response date of December 10th 2019
NSC PC held discussions with a housing association bidding for the site but unfortunately we have just heard that their offer to Devon County Council was not successful and a subsequent follow up with the County Council's Agent did not reveal any further news to us either as the sale is not yet finalised and is considered commercially sensitive.  Once selected the successful offer will have to go in front of  MDDC planning for approval.
While continuing to work for the communities interests, your Parish Council consider that while this building plot in the village remains on the market and until a successful bidder and their plans are known, the next  CLT meeting (originally planned to be held @7:30 pm on Wednesday 29th in the Village Hall) should be postponed .
Be assured your council  will continue to follow up on this subject and once more information becomes available, the news will be publicised and  further meetings convened. Please get in touch if there are any questions arising


Following a well attended public meeting held on 17 October 2019, a further meeting has been arranged for Wednesday 27 November at 6pm in the Club Room of the Parish Hall - all are welcome to attend


Summary Report

Draft Project Plan


View a Presentation by Wessex Community Asset Trust that was made to the Parish Council in September 2019

An Information leaflet can be viewed here