Volunteers establish Community Land Trust to build affordable accommodation
If you want to live in a community with like-minded people in an affordable and sustainable home, the team behind Bronllys Well Being Park are encouraging more people to join their movement.
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The group has been established as a Community Land Trust to develop a community in the grounds of Bronllys Hospital in Brecon. The Trust will be owned by the community and will provide affordable homes for local people who wish to stay in the area, as well as reasonably price transport links and social and leisure opportunities.
The volunteers at Bronllys Well Being Park are keen for more people to join so they can create a place where people can thrive and support one another. They believe it’s the perfect place to come if you are struggling to buy a home but want to stay in the area.
Jacqueline Wilding, Chair of Bronllys Well Being Park Community Land Trust, said:
“There are so many advantages to living in a community like the Well Being Park. If you are struggling to buy a home but want to stay in this wonderful area, then what options do you have? Move away rent lease or share accommodation.
We are offering something very different here; our homes will be rented or leased, but the prices will always stay affordable. We’re offering a homes for people,the opportunity to live somewhere that will be truly sustainable and, in turn, will support and sustain our community.”
We are looking to create a community which will support each other from cradle to grave and pass on the legacy of the affordable homes to the next generation.
Bronllys Well Being Park is just one of a large movement of co-operative and community-led housing schemes in Wales that are being championed by the Wales Co-operative Centre with its Communities Creating Homes programme. The programme is funded by the Nationwide Foundation and Welsh Government.
Recent programme research commissioned by the Wales Co-operative Centre found that those living in community-led housing felt less isolated as they were surrounded by a supportive network, had improved mental health and wellbeing and had further developed their skills set as well as gaining improved levels of confidence.
Bronllys Well Being Park is a shining example of what a group of like-minded people can achieve to help the community they live in. It hasn’t been easy, but they have fought hard to get as far as they have with this amazing scheme and attract nearly 450 new members.
Jocelle Lovell, Communities Creating Homes programme manager for the Wales Co-operative Centre, added:
“Wales is facing a housing crisis, with many people not able to afford a home to buy or to rent. The problem isn’t going away, so we need new and creative ways to work around it – community-led housing schemes are an exciting development that solves the affordability problem and helps to create strong, like-minded communities.”
“Anyone who feels isolated, lonely or is struggling in their current accommodation should consider somewhere like Bronllys Well Being Park. It is a place where people will be able to live in peace, but with help and support on hand should they need it. It’s the perfect antidote to today’s remote society.”
Wales Co-operative Centre has been supporting and championing the growth of community-led housing since 2012, and in April this year, it launched its Communities Creating Homes programme which aims to stimulate demand for CCLH throughout Wales.
With around 30 schemes already in place across Wales, communities can be created for various purposes and shared visions. Where some schemes have been created to make housing more affordable for residents, others have been developed for people who want improved eco-friendly lifestyles.
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