Hastoe partners with West Dorset Community to create new affordable homes

Hastoe is working with Powerstock Community Land Trust to create new affordable homes in West Dorset


Hastoe is working with the Powerstock and District Community Land Trust to deliver new affordable rural homes in West Dorset. 

The chosen site at the ‘Forge’ falls within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, in Powerstock’s Conversation Area, close to the village’s Grade I listed church and near a Scheduled Monument. The new homes are due for completion in early 2019.

The site will comprise eight new houses for affordable rent: five with two bedrooms, two with one bedroom and one with three bedrooms. All the homes will available for local families at affordable rents.

The project has brought together Hastoe, Powerstock & District Community Land Trust Ltd West Dorset District Council, the Wessex CLT Project and the landowner on the scheme to provide quality new affordable homes.

Staeholders from the project met at the Powerstock site on 2 July - the first day of Rural Housing Week 2018 - to see progress made.  

Peter Friend, Development Project manager at Hastoe, said:

“Hastoe has been partnering with community land trusts, like Powerstock CLT, to assist them in the provision of affordable housing in their communities.

“We can benefit from a CLT’s access to grant money, which can be used for site investigations, design and pre-planning work.

“This means that we can focus our energy and resources towards ensuring the homes are built to the highest standards of quality and sustainability.

“Partnering with the Powerstock CLT has allowed Hastoe to find, acquire and develop a site that would probably have not been made available for affordable housing in any other way.

“As an alternative to our traditional rural development model, CLT partnering has become a valuable addition to our ongoing development programme.”



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