WE WANT TO PRODUCE FOOD AT BOSAVERN FARM NOT HOUSES
The press release launching the Lands End Peninsula Community Land Trust (LEPCLT) as a registered, not-for-profit company had an unfortunate write up in the Cornishman. To set the record straight for worried locals and the group working hard to secure the farm for the community, the Trust is not considering this as a possible site for affordable housing. The Trust is supporting a group of enthusiastic people to obtain it for a community supported agriculture venture.
With that put right, I can confirm that the Trust is involved in separate talks with Cornwall Council and Devon and Cornwall Housing Association to identify suitable sites for Affordable Housing, for sale and local people will get to discuss these ideas before any plans are submitted. The housing will be for people with a local connection whose needs are not being met by rented social housing providers but cannot afford to buy on the open market. LEPCLT also hopes to help small business enterprises in need of affordable workspaces, perhaps with associated office support.
Housing was the initial driver to set up the Trust but we are now looking to develop related projects to produce food and workspaces. We want to recruit members who support our goals (only costs £1) and help us grow. We would also like to hear from individuals or organisations, with land, that they are willing to offer it to the community, either free or at low cost.
The fact that Cornwall Council is looking to dispose of the county farm in this area provides an opportunity for the Trust to try to secure it for the community use. It could be a real opportunity for the community to come together to produce its own food. It has the potential to provide education for young people on related courses or for disabled people to have a sheltered working environment. There could also be a partnership with local pubs, cafes and shops who, by investing in the project, could influence the food produced and benefit from the taste of freshness and local supply; an excellent marketing opportunity.
If you want to find out more contact Sue James (Chair of LEPCLT) on 01736 787223 or Rob Pickering (Company Secretary) on 01736 785755. Watch the local press and look out for posters regarding open meetings about housing or workshop developments and on progress in securing Bosavern Farm for the community.