The Affordable Housing Scheme
The preferred site (The Forge site) is in Powerstock at the end of an un-adopted lane off Kings Lane, which runs through the centre of the village. It is hoped to build 6-8 affordable homes of 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms for rent or part ownership. Part of the site is currently occupied by Leaf Builders and The Forge and the site is large enough for these local businesses to remain on site with the affordable housing.
The Forge site is preferred because it is discreetly situated in the heart of the village and is in easy walking distance of the village school, the hut (village hall), the church and the village inn. Although this site is in an area of outstanding natural beauty, the local planning authority will consider this development as an exception because it is for affordable homes and a local housing needs survey carried out in November 2013 together with the West Dorset Home Choice Register identified 19 families requiring local affordable homes. To qualify for consideration for housing in this scheme applicants must have lived or worked in the area for the specified time or have a close local family connection to the Powerstock & District CLT defined area. Applicants who meet the criteria must also be registered with West Dorset District Council ‘West Dorset Home Choice’. Applicants interested in part ownership properties must also register with South West Homes, the local Help to Buy (Home Buy) Agent.
The Powerstock and District Community Land Trust’s partner in this development is Hastoe Housing Association, which will apply for a government grant and loan to build the houses and will manage them on our behalf. The CLT will own the freehold of the properties, in perpetuity, for the local community. The CLT has received a grant from the Homes & Communities Agency to enable it to carry out due diligence on the site and employ our chosen architects, Etchingham and Morris, to undertake design work up to submission of a planning application by March 2015 at the latest. The West Dorset District Council has also provided the CLT with a grant to cover legal costs associated with the purchase of the land. The CLT is most fortunate to have the full support and co-operation of the current landowner of the Forge Site. This is the Architect's drawing of the development: