26 AUG 2011

Meeting with the Land Society at South Devon College

This was a meeting about an inspiration local scheme to bring sustainable affordable housing to rural Devon. I met with the Land Society team to hear about the course that they are setting up at South Devon College to help people with strong local ties or commitment to both identify and build homes in their villages on land that has been bought through community land trusts. No one wants to see inappropriate large scale development but equally there is a desperate shortage of affordable housing and village communities are losing out as young people cannot afford to live here. House building fell in the last decade and there has to be a balance between the needs of local people for housing and jobs and a natural reluctance to see development. I think  the Land Society has a great proposal. For more details do look at the "Housing" tab under "Issues"

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