The schemes are being highlighted as part of national Rural Housing Week which runs 2 - 6 July and aims to shine a light on housing issues in rural communities across the country.

A total of 11 groups will meet for a special forum taking place on Monday 2 July to discuss the different projects that are happening in the following areas:

 

 

 

 

  • Compton, Marden and Stoughton
  • Midhurst
  • Chichester
  • Westbourne
  • Kirdford
  • Rogate
  • East Dean and Singleton
  • West Wittering, and
  • Wisborough Green.

As well as being a good networking opportunity, the event will include progress updates from each group, a question and answer session with an expert on community led housing schemes, governance issues and funding updates.

"Since we applied for funding from the government, we have been really encouraged by the number of groups that have come forward with ideas for schemes in their areas and I am pleased that so much progress is being made," says Councillor Jane Kilby, Cabinet Member for Housing at Chichester District Council. "There are some really exciting projects in the pipeline and our housing team is continuing to build its expertise in this area.

"There is a real need to address affordable housing needs and these sorts of very local schemes can really help smaller communities where there are issues specific to that area. Community led schemes are grassroots driven with strong local support which is what makes them successful.

"As a council we are absolutely committed to supporting these groups with funding and advice, and helping them access all the professional advice needed to make their projects a success."

Adrian Moore, Chairman of the Midhurst Community Land Trust said:

"The Midhurst Community Land Trust was constituted a year ago and has good solid support from the community.  Discussions with five landowners are advancing and we are raring to start our first project once we can secure a piece of land. 

"Community led schemes only work if we can buy land at the right price and subsequently obtain planning consent. Both the district council and the South Downs National Park Authority have been very helpful to our cause and we are grateful for their support.  The main focus is for us to provide locals with genuinely affordable housing with long leases that they can feel proud to live in."

Clare de Bathe, of Chichester Community Development trust, says: "We are thrilled to be involved in the early stages of a community led housing scheme in Chichester. This offers an exciting and innovative approach to addressing the housing needs of the city and we are looking at a variety of ways to meet the demand for the most vulnerable of people to access housing in an affordable and sustainable way. We are grateful for the support of Chichester District Council to progress our ideas and projects over the coming year."

People interested in setting up a community led scheme in their area can find out more information

Date of release: 2 July 2018                                                          

Reference: 3819