Homes for Locals by Lands End Peninsula Community Land Trust

Homes for Locals by Lands End Peninsula Community Land Trust

LEPCLT

Lead Organisation: Lands End Peninsula Community Land Trust (LEPCLT)

Investment Priority: Community and Place

Fund: Community Capacity Fund

SPF awarded: £21,300.00

Location: St Just-in-Penwith

Lands End Peninsula Community Land Trust was set up with the goal of delivering affordable housing for local people and is working to develop a small disused brown field site in the centre of St Just into 3 homes for locals forever. Cornwall Council, the owners, have agreed to allow the Trust to develop the site, but there are multiple challenges to be faced. The committee of volunteers have received a £21,300 CCF grant to undertake surveys and produce designs that will enable them to get planning permission.

The site is crossed by pipes and utilities and a recent survey has shown up additional drainage which means more restrictions on the building designs. These restrictions threaten the viability of the project, but a new off-site construction method means that the houses can be constructed without the need for excavation. LEPCLT have previously delivered 8 social homes at Croft Mear in Pendeen using traditional construction methods, however for this site they are working with Agile Homes, who specialise in building modular homes on challenging sites to the highest environmental standards.

Based on Cornwall Council’s Homechoice housing register, the greatest demand in St Just is for one bedroom rentals, however the new homes are likely to be bigger. There is also the possibility that the homes could be built for “shared ownership”, but whether they are for rent or to buy there will be legal restrictions that ensure they remain for local people. Once planning permission is obtained, LEPCLT will consult with the St Just community about what is most needed and go forward to apply for capital funding to construct the homes. Sue James of LEPCLT said “without the CCF grant we wouldn’t have started this journey…some people say to me why are you doing all this for 3 homes, other people say to me well it will be 3 families that get somewhere to live locally”.

 

Website: https://www.landsendclt.org.uk/

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