Westbourne Community Trust drop-in events

By 10 January, 2019 No Comments

Residents are invited to have their say on proposals to develop affordable housing on some of the land at the rear of properties 30-56 on Mill Road in Westbourne at drop-in events at The Meeting Place, North Street, Westbourne on:

  • Friday 8 February 2019 at 6pm – 8.30pm
  • Saturday 9 February 2019 at 9am – 12pm

The drop-in events will also enable residents to find out more about the Westbourne Community Trust (WCT) and its aims of developing much needed affordable housing for local people in the village and improving community facilities in Westbourne.

At it’s meeting on 8 January 2019, Chichester District Council agreed that the land it leases to Westbourne Parish Council is surplus to its requirements and proposes to sell the land to Westbourne Community Trust at market value.

The WCT has been formed to tackle the serious lack of affordable houses available within Westbourne and, until the Trust was formed, there were no proposals to do anything about it. Young people and young families who grew up here are increasingly forced to leave Westbourne to find a home they can afford because of market prices and a lack of affordable houses. No other organisation is doing anything about this. Private sector housing is out of reach for many people and there are no sites coming forward to deliver affordable housing solutions. Westbourne would be failing its young people by not taking action, and the village would not thrive without a balanced community that provides homes for the next generation.

No land at this stage would change hands until planning proposals are developed in full consultation with the Westbourne community, and then only when a planning permission has been granted.

Plans for the site involve development on just one side of the recreation ground to retain some open space and the existing playground with new equipment and community facilities.

If you would like to discuss the above with the Parish Council, please email clerk@westbourne-pc.gov.uk or call 07775654483

If you would like to find out more about the WCT, go to www.westbournecommunitytrust.org