An ambitious scheme to build desperately needed homes for people on low incomes in the Midhurst area is being launched next Thursday, (June 1).
The Midhurst Community Land Trust project was led by town and district councillors Gordon McAra and fellow town councillor The Rev David Coote who want to see genuine low cost housing to rent or buy, provided in the town for local people.
They brought in retired investment specialist Adrian Moore to chair the trust and he will be outlining the scheme at a public meeting in Midhurst Town Council’s Old Library headquarters on Knockhundred Row starting at 7pm.
Adrian said: “We will be explaining why we have set up the trust and what it can do to help the housing situation in Midhurst and the local area from Cocking to Easebourne and Stedham, Bepton and West Lavington.”
“We would like to see as many local people as possible there on Thursday evening,” said Adrian, “we need their support and input as this project gets off the ground.
“The key message is to get members of the community to this meeting. There is a housing problem in Midhurst and it is not going to get better, but we need the feed back and the ‘buy-in’ of the community to try and address it.”
Among those present will be representatives from Chichester District Council who will outline the housing need in the area.
Adrian said the trust had been set up specifically to benefit people in the Midhurst area by owning important assets: “It’s aim is to make available a long term stock of affordable housing for local people to rent or buy and to offer short term rented accommodation to key workers.
“By owning the land the trust managed by local people on a not-for-profit basis, will control things important to the area such as the location, number and design of the homes. It also ensures local people have priority.”
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