Building Resilient Communities

The Friends Provident Foundation funded Building Resilient Communities project has been continuing to work with CLTs and Community Benefit Societies which have completed one project and are exploring whether a new project is viable. The types of project being supported are supported housing for older people, woodland, renewable energy schemes, the acquisition and renovation of a former school site, fundraising for expansion and also relocation.

Many organisations have also been looking at reviewing and strengthening their governance; we have been offering support to CLTs and community benefit societies to do this.

Ashcott – Neighbourhood Plan Referendum

This is a picture of Charity Farm. It is in the High Street near to Manor House. On maps dated 1796, 1886 and 1904 Charity Farm was called Poor Estate Farm. On a 1985 map the name had changed to Charity Farm. When the owner of Poor Estate Farm died  he left the farm and all the proceeds to local charities. There is now a charity called the Miles Hurman Charity. This charity supports local people in the village who are in need.

charityFarm-webAshcott is a village in Sedgmoor District. We are working with the Miles and Hurman Trust, a local charity, to develop affordable homes and other benefits for local people. 85% of voters agreed that the Charity’s land could be used for development – this will mean 9 new affordable homes for local people on land bequeathed to the Trust nearly 300 years ago.

Welcome to 5 new CLTs: Yarcombe, the Seavingtons, Pill, South Petherton and Marshfield

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Pill and Marshfield are the first CLTs in North Somerset and South Gloucestershire respectively. Yarcombe, South Petherton and the Seavingtons’ CLT add to those with homes now complete in East Devon and South Somerset. All are now incorporated as Community Benefit Societies and progressing well with the search for a site. Most of the CLTs supported by Wessex opt to become a Community Benefit Society; it’s a legal form which provides for local leadership and ensures that assets will only be ever used for community benefit. It is also flexible enough to enable CLTs to take on other assets – such as shops and pubs – which are important to the community. Congratulations to all five CLTs on their incorporation.

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