Solva says yes to community led housing

The Community of Solva is a step closer to launching a community led affordable housing project

The Community of Solva is a step closer to launching a community led affordable housing project following a recent meeting to form a local Community Land Trust (CLT). The PLANED Pembrokeshire Community Land Trust project staff have been working with Solva Community Council to develop plans for a CLT. PLANED is working with representatives from Wessex CLT to share and develop best practice in community led affordable housing solutions for Pembrokeshire.

Pembrokeshire Community Land Trust (CLT) is a LEADER funded project administered by PLANED. The Pembrokeshire CLT is working with communities to deliver genuinely and permanently affordable homes, that are owned and run by local people, for local people, that generate incomes for their communities. Wessex were overwhelmed by the vision and were delighted to be introduced to so many inspiring, community-minded people.

Ifor Thomas, Solva Community Council said: “Solva welcomes this opportunity to form a Community Land Trust that can deliver homes for members of the communities of Solva and Brawdy. This is a huge opportunity to help shape a sustainable future which all members of our village will be able to participate in. We will be holding open meetings to ensure that everyone is given an opportunity to lend their skills, experience and advice to ensure the success of this project.”

Pembrokeshire Community Land Trust Officer, Jo Rees-Wigmore said: “We are delighted to have this CLT established in Solva. To help communities create affordable housing solutions for local people who otherwise may be unable to live in the community that they were born or brought up in.  In so doing, we are helping create sustainable communities for future generations and we are very much looking forward to supporting this Community Land Trust for Solva.”

Arwain Sir Benfro – the Local Action Group (LAG) for Pembrokeshire, administered by PLANED has provided funding of £60,410 to develop the Pembrokeshire Community Land Trust project. This is funded through the LEADER programme, which is part of the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014 – 2020, Funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.

For more information or if you are interested in setting up a Community Land Trust, please contact Jo Rees-Wigmore on 07990 761386