Our partners PLANED welcomed Alison Ward and Steve Watson from Wessex CLT, who have helped 50 communities across Devon, Dorset and Somerset, create Community Land Trusts. PLANED is working with representatives from Wessex CLT to develop best practice in community-led affordable housing solutions in Pembrokeshire.

Pembrokeshire Community Land Trust (CLT) is a LEADER funded project administered by PLANED. The Pembrokeshire CLT is working with communities to deliver genuinely and permanently affordable homes, that are owned and run by local people, for local people, that generate incomes for their communities. Wessex were overwhelmed by the vision and were delighted to be introduced to so many inspiring, community-minded people. They visited community representatives in Crymych, Boncath, Roch and Solva.

Pembrokeshire Community Land Trust Officer, Jo Rees-Wigmore commented “We are delighted to have this opportunity to replicate some of the successes here in Pembrokeshire, that Wessex have achieved in the West Country. To help communities create affordable housing solutions for local people who otherwise may be unable to live in the community that they were born or brought up in. In so doing, we are helping create sustainable communities for future generations and we are very much looking forward to supporting those communities who wish to set up a Community Land Trust.”

Arwain Sir Benfro – the Local Action Group (LAG) for Pembrokeshire, administered by PLANED has provided funding of £60,410 to develop the Pembrokeshire Community Land Trust project. This is funded through the LEADER programme, which is part of the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014 – 2020, Funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.