We are celebrating our successful bid for funding from the Community Led Project Support fund. It’s a real boost for the project just in time for Christmas!
This grant of £46,500 will enable us to take forward the planning application for the project. The valuable responses gathered from Bridport people, during the Public Consultation events held earlier this year, will form part of the revised plans.
It’s an important step forward in making our dream a reality of creating an environmentally sustainable and affordable cohousing neighbourhood of 30 homes, and a common house with food growing space and gardens on the outskirts of the town. (In cohousing projects the idea of the common house is to provide a facility for people to meet and work together, formally and informally. We also plan to make the common house and food growing area available to those living in the surrounding area.)
We would like to express our gratitude for the support of many of the town’s residents and councillors, our professional advisers, Alan Heeks and Charles Couzens, and Jo Gooding and the UK Cohousing Network. Oliver Letwin, Bridport’s MP, has also helped us as we navigated our way through the newer funding streams from the Homes and Communities Agency for community led initiatives.
The group currently has 15 households, and welcomes people into membership who want to live more sustainably and affordably. Some homes will be for rent, some for part buy/part rent from a housing association; and some affordable market houses from Bridport Cohousing CLT. Please get in touch if you would like to find out more.