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Newsletter No. 12 - March 2017

 

 

Proposed development of affordable

rented homes for Mark Residents

 

 

With much regret, the Mark Community Land Trust (CLT) Board took the decision on 4th February 2017 to withdraw their support for the proposed development of twelve affordable homes in Northwick Road, Mark.

 

Over the last few months the CLT Board have endured a variety of increased pressures and challenges, partly as to the way in which the CLT was perceived to be administered, and more lately, as to whether there was a clear and robust mandate in place to develop the proposed site.

 

As a registered Community Benefit Society, and with a Board made up entirely of unpaid volunteers, we have neither the money or the resources to address these ongoing issues.

As a result of this we believed we had no choice but to withdraw support for the proposed project in Northwick Road.

 

We apologise to the many supporters of the proposed project and express our sincere thanks to those that have supported us throughout. Since our announcement to the CLT members on 4th February 2017 it has been heartening to receive a number of letters of appreciation of our efforts, along with expressions of disappointment and concern that the project will now not go ahead.

 

We also express disappointment for those that have maybe held hope recently that they may have moved into a home that they were dreaming of, close to their families and in a village where they wanted to live, but unfortunately this will not be the case at this point in time. As a result, the local community will still continue to be in need of affordable housing.

 

Due to the above announcement, the future of the CLT going forward as an organisation has yet to be determined, and it is proposed that this is to be discussed at a Special General Meeting which is due to be held on 22nd March 2017.

 

Once again, many thanks to all those who have demonstrated their support for the project.

Geoff Francis (Director & Chair)
John Spencer (Director & Treasurer)

Gareth Woodcock (Director & Secretary)

Mark Johnson (Director)

 

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