Affordable homes trust for Belton, Browston, Burgh Castle, Fritton and St Olaves to be set up

The meeting was held in Belton. Picture: James Bass

The meeting was held in Belton. Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press � 2012

The next stage of a community led plan to build affordable homes for residents of several villages surrounding Great Yarmouth will take place next week.

On Wednesday, October 11 a public meeting will take place in Belton about the formation of the Lothingland Rural Community Land Trust.

Community Land Trusts are designed for communities to get together to develop and manage new affordable homes where they live with assets owned by the community.

The Lothingland Rural Community Land Trust will cover Belton, Browston, Burgh Castle, Fritton and St Olaves and will be designed to help residents and their families stay in the locality.

The meeting at the New Road Sports Centre will look to establish a broad of trustees, with up to nine members, as well as general trust members, who will each pay a membership liability fee of a £1 to join.

Next week's meeting follows a public meeting in Belton on August 2 which invited people who might want to be involved in setting up a not-for-profit trust.

At that meeting, which saw more than 30 people attend, were trust backers and borough councillors Andy Grant and Adrian Myers.

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Mr Myers, who represents the Lothingland Ward, said he would like to see the trust start developing affordable homes as early as next May.

Inviting people to attend October 11's meeting he said: 'The message I want to say is if you want to have a say on the needs of your community then join the trust.

'I would invite all those who are interested in being part of a truly local organisation, free from government, county and borough council influence, to attend the meeting and register as a member.

'We had great support at the last meeting.'

Great Yarmouth Borough Council had promoted and supported the idea of the community trusts and says they support one of its top priorities, which it says is 'to work towards an attractive mix of good quality housing that is fit for purpose for all, and meets both the borough's existing and future needs'.

Doors open on October 11 at the New Road Sports Centre at 6.30pm for a 7pm start.

A separate community land trust is being looked at for Hopton.

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