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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing

Social landlord opens first community land trust Social landlord opens first community land trust

An MP has officially opened a housing association's first community land trust (CLT) development.

Hastoe Group saw local MP Neil Parish open the rural scheme in Hemyock, Devon.

The 'affordable' housing development was the CLT’s first initiative, and Hastoe says it "meets the need of families with a strong local connection to Hemyock".

Hastoe has entered into a long-term lease with the CLT and will manage and maintain the houses alongside existing homes in the community.

The Hemyock homes meet the Homes and Communities Agency's design and quality standards and are also eco-friendly, achieving the code for sustainable homes level 4.

The Upper Culm CLT was formed in 2012 from the Hemyock and Clayhidon parishes in Mid Devon and is chaired by Heather Stallard.

A CLT is a not-for-profit organisation run by local volunteers to help improve or protect their neighbourhood for long-term community benefit.

Local developer Andy Lehner of West of England Developments (WoED), offered the Hemyock site to the CLT for housing in 2012. Planning approval was granted in April 2013 and work started on site in July 2013 in partnership with Hastoe.

Clare Bruton-Young, 38, lives in a two-bed house on the Hemyock development with her two-year-old daughter, Charlie.
Clare said: “The whole process of getting the house was very easy and there was no stress. I’m a firm believer in the fact that the best things come to those wait and everything is dropping into place. It may sound corny but when I was handed the keys to the house I felt like they were the keys to our future. It’s such a lovely, good quality house and, for a two bed, the layout is fantastic and it’s such a useable and practical space.”

Kevin Hartnett, Hastoe's business development director, said: “We are pleased to have completed these homes for the local people of Hemyock who were in need of affordable housing. In areas such as this, private rents and home ownership can often be out of reach for some families and overall provision is scarce.

“Hastoe is passionate about involving the community in all new housing developments; however a CLT scheme is about a continuing partnership and community cohesion from the beginning of the development process, throughout the build and beyond. This is one of four CLT projects that Hastoe has been developing with funding from the HCA.”

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