Devon affordable homes probe

A SCHEME to encourage affordable housing in Devon wants to involve communities in a bid to provide much-needed homes quickly.

The initiative is part-funded by Devon County Council (DCC), to the tune of �50,000, and advises on setting up Community Land Trusts (CLTs).

CLTs buy or are sometimes given sites by landowners who want to ensure a site benefits the community.

Homes are then built on the land and made available at affordable prices to local people.

DCC’s cabinet member for economy, Councillor Will Mumford, said: “CLTs are an ideal vehicle to create affordable homes in Devon at a time when people are struggling financially, still facing the challenge of the very high cost of housing and excessive demand for our existing housing stock.

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“We have taken best practice and shared this to enable communities to move much more quickly to a local solution. This is all about local solutions to address local need and I would urge communities to take advantage of this fantastic programme.”

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