Over sixty Newport (Essex) residents attended an Open Day on 3 February to learn about plans for the creation of a Community Land Trust to develop ninety-four homes and a community centre.
The event was hosted by the Arthur Ellis Will Trust, with development architect Bill Dunster on hand to answer questions. The designs have created lots of interest - the development will feature unique, sustainable homes, which will all be zero energy/zero carbon. The innovative buildings will also feature solar power with long-term battery storage and recycling of storm water. All roadways and pavements will be fully permeable, and the neighbourhood will feature allotments, two village greens, and a large community building.
Colin Challenger, a founding member of Newport Essex CLT, said:
"The concept of a CLT is relatively new to this area of Essex. Many residents were surprised to learn that affordable housing can be community-owned and managed in perpetuity and that, with a CLT in place, profits will be ploughed back into local benefits."
If you live in or near Newport, Essex and want to get involved, apply to become a member. Building is expected to begin in the summer. More information can be found on their website and social media accounts.
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