A grant of £5,000 has been approved to help set up a community land trust (CLT) in Soham.
Members of East Cambridgeshire District Council’s development and transport committee have agreed to give the Thrift Community Land Trust the maximum grant to formally start its work.
This will involve putting in place the legal work to establish the CLT and start the basic engagement activities.
The trust is looking to build a number of affordable houses to part buy and rent, and community buildings, as well as playing fields at the eastern gateway to Soham.
Cllr Charles Roberts, the council’s deputy leader, said: “We have identified community land trusts as one of the best ways to meet the local needs for affordable and market housing.
“They are a great way of providing new homes to our residents while giving local people a far greater say in how developments can benefit the whole community.
“The trust in Soham is at the very beginning of its journey but we will be there to support it throughout the process.
“It has ambitious plans to develop the Eastern Gateway but it has the right people and organisations involved so we wish it well in the forthcoming months.”
With the Soham Trust, the district council has met its aim to help deliver two new community land trusts by the end of 2013 as part of the authority’s corporate priorities.
This work has been supported by Foundation East, a CLT umbrella organisation , which has seconded a member of staff to the Ely-based council to support this work.
For more information on community land trusts, call 01353 665555 or visit www.eastcambs.gov.uk