THE first community land trust in Lancashire has been set up with the help of Ribble Valley Council to develop seven affordable rented properties in Chipping.
And community members are required to join the trust’s board to oversee the project through to occupation of the properties. The Trust Trust aims to develop the properties on land next to the village’s memorial hall. The properties will provide much-needed rented accommodation for villagers and people with a Chipping connection.
Rachael Stott, the borough’s strategic housing manager, said: “Community land trusts are powerful examples of communities taking control and transforming their future. The trusts develop housing that meets the needs of the community and at permanently affordable rents. They are non-profit-making, run by volunteers and are owned and controlled by the community.
“Chipping is one of several villages in Ribble Valley with an extremely high income to house price ratio and chronic lack of affordable housing, so this scheme will provide vital rented accommodation.”
Development starts soon on the properties, which will be managed by Ribble Valley Homes.
To register for one of the Chipping properties, phone Ribble Valley Homes on 0800 1114448. To join the Chipping Community Land Trust board, phone the borough council’s housing team on 01200 414567.
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