Hastoe marks the start of a new affordable housing development in Bridport

Hastoe and Symene Community Land Trust (CLT) celebrate the start of a new housing development which will provide 10 affordable homes for local people in Bridport.

Symene CLT(Photo: Councillor Gillian Summers, Deputy Leader of West Dorset District Council met representatives from Symene CLT and Hastoe at the housing development site along with Councillor Ros Kayes, Ward Member for Bridport North.)  

The development is being built with support from West Dorset District Council and the Homes and Communities Agency will help address the real housing need of local people in the Symondsbury parish.Support from West Dorset District Council has meant that two additional homes can be provided and enhanced energy saving measures will be incorporated into the homes, helping to reduce energy bills for residents.

Symene schemeWith the average house in rural communities costing £205,727* (more than 10 times the average annual income of £19,396) there is an urgent need for affordable homes across the district.

The tenure mix will be five two bedroom houses, 2 three bedroom houses and 1 four bedroom house for rentand there will be 1 two bedroom house and 1 three bedroom house for shared ownership.

Hastoe supports local businesses when possible and these homes are being built by local builders C G Fry & Son Ltd.

The homes are set to complete by March 2015.

David Wragg, Chairman of Symene CLT, said:“The CLT is very pleased that this six year long project is now coming to fruition and that, within the next 12 months, there will be ten more affordable houses for local families in housing need. Thanks are due to all the partners involved in the project and particularly to the group of Symondsbury volunteers who had the foresight to set up the CLT some years ago and have seen the project through to reality.”

West Dorset District Council Leader Cllr Robert Gould, said: “We are delighted to be able to give £110,000 to this project. The provision of affordable housing is a key priority for West Dorset District Council and we are happy to have been able to support this community led project to provide homes for local people.”

West Dorset District Council Chairman Cllr Gillian Summers said: “I am delighted to see this scheme coming to fruition for the benefit of the residents of Symondsbury. This is a great example of a community led development and demonstrates what can be achieved by local people working in partnership with other authorities and Housing Associations.”

Kevin Hartnett, Business Development Director, at Hastoe, said: “We are pleased to be delivering these much-needed affordable homes for the local people of the Symondsbury community, where local private rents and home ownership can be out of reach for some families. At Hastoe, we deliver homes that people can afford, we invest in people and communities and we are in it for the long-term.”

*Home Truths 2013/14- National Housing Federation: the average house cost being 10.6 times greater than the average wage.