Residents of Knaresborough are being called upon to help drive a new initiative to see more affordable homes in the town.
The Knaresborough Community Land Trust was originally proposed by Knaresborough Town Council last year and celebrated its official incorporation as a Community Benefit Society last month.
Although still early days the organisation is aiming to see cheaper homes made available for rent which will be kept in perpetuity for the town, says member Coun David Goode.
It is believed this will fill a gap in the market compared to what is currently offered by commercial house builders, and residents can help decide how this is done.
Coun Goode said: “This will be run for and supported by residents, to see truly affordable homes brought into to the local community. This might mean embracing new builds, but potentially also bringing empty property back in to use.“
He added: “Looking at what is available from commercial house builders we believe there is a mismatch in what is available and we are aiming to fill that gap.”
“I believe the strength of a local community is in large part about the level of community involvement across a large number initiatives like this. By having residents take part in this they will be helping formulate the strategy.”
The trust would be funded through a mix of grant, donations and shares in the group. Residents looking to volunteer could help shape the direction of the organisation or volunteering their skills.
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Membership would be free and to contact the Trust email firstname.lastname@example.org