Land’s End Peninsula Community Land Trust site- naming event
On Saturday 25 October at 12.30pm, Councillor Sue James has invited West Cornwall MP, Andrew George and Baroness Kate Parminter to visit the Lands End Peninsula Community Land Trust site (Moorland Close, Pendeen) to see what can be achieved through community based Community Land Trusts, in partnership with Cornwall Council.
The Lands End Peninsula Community Land Trust are also inviting representatives of Town and Parish Councils, in the old Penwith area, to come to see the project and attend the event to mark the naming of the site.
Sue James said, “The project, due to complete in January, is the culmination of hard work by local Trustees of Lands End Peninsula Community Land Trust, supported by Alan Fox, the Director of Cornwall Community Land Trust, the staff of Cornwall Council’s planning and affordable housing teams, and St Just Town Council. It has not been an easy or trouble free journey and the Trustees are impressed that once the contractors, Kier Living, were able to get on site they have made very rapid progress and have worked closely with us. I hope the project will enable local people to get their foot on the housing ladder and turn these houses into local homes.”
Mr George, who is steering his Affordable Homes Bill through the Commons at present, said, “I look forward to visiting the Lands End Peninsula Community Land Trust site again with Sue James and to welcoming Baroness Parminter. It is initiatives like this that we hope will provide local people with the often desperately needed opportunity to get on the housing ladder and to live in a decent home at a price they can afford.”
6 x 2 bedroomed houses are currently being built at the end of Moorland Close, Pendeen and are due to be completed in January 2015.
Lands End Peninsula Community Land Trust, a charitable company run by volunteers and chaired by local Cornwall Councillor, Sue James, is responsible for this project. These homes are subject to a planning restriction making them available for sale, to local people, at around 80% of market value, at £116,500. To help fund the project the Trust are also building 2 X 2 bedroomed bungalows which will be sold on the open market.
Lands End Peninsula Community Land Trust – Aims
- To maximise the opportunities for affordable housing in the town and wider parish of St Just-in-Penwith and the parishes of St Levan, St Buryan, Sennen and Sancreed (called collectively the Land’s End Peninsula).
- To maximise the opportunities for people within the Land’s End Peninsula to produce and eat locally produced food.
- To provide affordable workspaces for small developing businesses and community projects to establish and grow.
- To maximise the potential for the community from all projects undertaken.
- To create an organisation that can continue to provide affordable housing and workspaces as well as community owned land for food production for generations to come.
- To ensure projects are environmentally sustainable and include renewable energy facilities and/or low energy requirements, wherever possible.