Land trust plan gets backing

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MORE than 15 people stepped forward to move forward ideas for new affordable homes in Pinchbeck.

At a public meeting last week, volunteers were sought to set up a steering group to investigate the possible creation of a Pinchbeck Community Land Trust.

The project would see Pinchbeck Parish Council sell off the leasehold to some of its agricultural land to make way for homes, as well as other possible community-run facilities such as shops, pubs, workspaces and allotments.

The initiative, which would be the first of its kind in Lincolnshire, could provide access to Government funding to make the scheme a reality.

More than 70 people attended the meeting and listened to a short presentation by Lincolnshire Community Land Trust, which explained how the community can be in the “driving seat” by owning land and property.

Residents were informed of the need for more affordable homes in the village.

Latest figures from South Holland show that there are 139 households on the district’s council’s waiting list who have selected Pinchbeck as the place they would like to live.

Of these, 21 already live in the village.

A vote after the presentation saw the majority in support of setting up a steering group, with just two people voting against.

It is now hoped a meeting can be arranged for the 17 volunteers who offered to help set up the group.