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Agile fund available for new community-led housing groups in Dorset and Somerset

The Wessex Community Housing Hub has created a new fund to help community-led housing groups swiftly access small amounts of funding. The fund is limited to £5,000 in total with a cap of no more than £1,000 for any one group. This applies to Dorset (including Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole) and Somerset groups only. The…

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A change of leadership for our community housing services

Statement from Wessex Community Assets and Middlemarch LLP to our network of local authorities, registered providers, community groups, housing enablers, professional advisers and others. Wessex Community Assets (WCA)[1] and Middlemarch LLP[2] have worked together for the last 10 years to deliver the Wessex CLT Project (WCLTP), a support service for community led housing (CLH) partnerships…

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Raise the Roof

Wessex Community Assets is working with the architects Assemble Studio in an innovative partnership – Raise the Roof – focused on affordable and ecological housing. Assemble won the Turner Art Prize for the development of the Granby Workshop in Liverpool. Working also with Common Ground, The Arts Development Company, Dorset Woodhub and Bridport Town Council,…

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Join our Autumn webinar Series: Community-led Housing in Wessex

Starting Tuesday 13 October, Wessex Community Housing Hub is producing a free 8-part weekly webinar series, for residents of the Wessex area (Dorset, Somerset and Devon). All are welcome to join as we work through the various stages of community-led housing, from group formation through to day-to-day living. Wessex Community Assets has partnered with Stir…

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Reform of the Planning System

Earlier this month the Government issued two consultation papers with proposals to significantly reform the planning system with an ambition for new style Local Plans to be in place by the end of this Parliament. Our Community Housing Advisor, Colin McDonald, takes a look at what’s in the consultation papers and what the Government are…

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