Pulborough parish could consider rural home scheme

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JPCT 070214 S14060838X Pulborough, Dr Andy Tilbrook -photo by Steve Cobb ENGSUS00120140702123439

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An increasingly popular scheme for affordable community owned homes was introduced to Pulborough parish members last week.

Tom Warder, of Action in Rural Sussex, led a talk on the Community Land Trust umbrella project, which provides everything from homes to meeting spaces, workspaces, shops, pubs, farms and gardens for rural areas like Pulborough.

At the full Pulborough parish council meeting on Thursday (June 18), he said: “There’s a chronic shortage of affordable housing in the rural areas.

“Families and young people are leaving, but lots of young people who grew up here want to move back.”

As these assets are held in trust for the benefit of the local community, the assets can be made permanently affordable.

This has already been rolled out in Steyning and Mr Warder said he hopes to see Pulborough get involved too.

Councillor Andy Tilbrook agreed that there is a shortage of young people in the village.

Mr Tilbrook said: “We need to take action through something like this to ensure we have a balanced community.”

There are currently around 170 Community Land Trusts up and down the country.

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