Westleigh hands over its first Community Land Trust scheme to Pinchbeck community

House builder Westleigh has finished work on its first Community Land Trust scheme for its client Lincolnshire Rural Housing Association in Pinchbeck, Lincolnshire, providing 14 new affordable homes for local families.Caption: Gary Turner, Steve Colby, John Mather, Maurice Chappell

House builder Westleigh has finished work on its first Community Land Trust scheme for its client Lincolnshire Rural Housing Association in Pinchbeck, Lincolnshire, providing 14 new affordable homes for local families.

The completed development has been named Maurice Chappell Way, in honour of Pinchbeck Parish Councillor Maurice, who cut the ribbon at the development’s opening.

Maurice first came up with the idea to build more affordable housing in the village about 10 years ago and worked tirelessly for many years with Lincolnshire Rural to achieve his aim. Thanks to his hard work and the support of Lincolnshire Community Land Trust, the Pinchbeck Community Land Trust (CLT) organisation was formed, which has been the driving force in carrying the project forward in recent years.

Run by local volunteers, Pinchbeck CLT bought the 1.25 acre site on Flaxmill Lane from Pinchbeck Parish Council. The organisation is non-profit and has been developed with Lincolnshire Rural Housing Association, who has a 125 year lease on the site.

Westleigh began construction on the site in July 2014 and completed work in March. The development has provided a mixture of semi-detached two and three bedroom homes for local residents, an informal allotment area has also been provided within the scheme – an idea which came from the CLT. The allotment was created by Westleigh and will be managed by Lincolnshire Rural Housing Association.

The £1.4 million project was partly funded thanks to a £469,000 grant from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA). Further loan funding of £1.9m was secured by Lincolnshire Rural Housing Association through Handelsbanken.

Residents are now in the process of moving into the properties. All homes will be available for rent for the people of Pinchbeck. Pinchbeck CLT will receive a modest ground rent which will be reinvested into the community to fund projects which will benefit the whole parish. The scheme is one of only two in Lincolnshire built in partnership with a Community Land Trust.
Danielle Chappell-Elding (19) has just moved into number 4 at the development with her three-year-old son Sunny-Jim after living in temporary accommodation.

She said:

My mum Emily told me about the housing scheme and I’m thrilled to have moved here. The house is perfect, really nice and big and there is a great neighbourhood feel.

Andrew and Pamela Hill are in the process of moving into their brand new two bedroom home at number 7. Pamela has worked as a dental nurse in Pinchbeck for the past 40 years and has family in the area. They heard about the development after spotting an article about it in their local paper.

Andrew commented:

We are really pleased with the property it’s even better than we imagined and there is a good atmosphere in the street because a lot of people know each other already.

Gary Turner, Head of Investment & Partnerships at Westleigh Partnership Homes, commented:

We are very proud to have been a part of this unique scheme in Lincolnshire. Affordable housing is in demand not just in the cities and towns, but also within rural areas and by building new homes we are enabling quality rural living and have helped a small community to thrive.

John Howes, Chief Executive of Lincolnshire Rural Housing was pleased the Association was a major investor in the village having worked with Pinchbeck Parish Council for almost a decade to deliver an affordable housing scheme. The Association will now be part of the Pinchbeck community for the next 125 years.

A spokesperson for South Holland District Council said:

This is a ground-breaking project and it is a huge honour to have such an innovative community-led housing development in South Holland.

The houses were specifically built to meet the needs of Pinchbeck people and the way they are managed will ensure they stay prioritised for local residents, their children and families in the future.

John Mather, Facilitator for Lincolnshire Community Land Trust, said:

We are delighted to have advised and assisted the people of Pinchbeck in setting up their own Community Land Trust which has forged a long-term partnership with Lincolnshire Rural Housing Association resulting in 14 homes for the people of Pinchbeck.

Westleigh Partnership Homes are now part of the Homes & Communities Agency Delivery Partner Panel on both the Midlands and Northern lots and work closely together with housing associations to build affordable new homes throughout the East Midlands, South Yorkshire and Cambridgeshire.

For further information please telephone 0116 277 3324 or visit www.westleigh.co.uk.

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