Villagers are being asked to help prove the need for housing in Rogate as the first step of a ground-breaking scheme to provide new homes.
The village is in the early stages of forming a community land trust with the help of Chichester District Council’s housing department after the parish council approved in principle the setting up of a trust to look at ways of providing desperately needed homes for local people.
One of the project leaders, Mairi Rennie said: “The first stage is to establish the housing need of the parish. This means every household will receive a housing survey. This must be returned in a pre-paid envelope or put in the drop-off box in the village shop, or in the box at the parish council table at the village fete on June 10. The surveys are strictly confidential and must returned to Chichester by June 23.”
If the survey proves the parish has a significant need, a group of trustees will be formed.
“This will allow land to be purchased and developed for the kind of housing needed in the village – not expensive market housing. These houses will be for village people, in perpetuity, at affordable rents. This is a government-funded scheme to help rural communities. The project is a development from the Rogate Neighbourhood Plan but is a separate initiative,” said Mairi.
She added: “Rogate needs a really positive result to enable this badly needed housing to be built in the village, for the village, in consultation with the village.”
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