Lyme’s new affordable housing to feature on BBC

Members of Lyme Regis CLT with a BBC film crew outside houses at the new Garmans Field development

A NEW affordable housing development in Lyme Regis is set to feature on the BBC.

Lyme Regis Community Land Trust’s (CLT) first scheme, which saw 15 affordable rented houses built at Garmans Field, off Timber Hill, was recommended by the National CLT Network to the BBC, which is producing a national news item relating to a forthcoming government announcement on housing.

A production team came down from London earlier this month interview CLT members and some of the local families at the site.

CLT chairman Keith Jenkin gave the interview, explaining the history of the scheme, and why a CLT was necessary to ensure the houses were allocated to the local community.

Mr Jenkin explained how these homes would be for affordable rent in perpetuity, and were protected from any right to acquire by tenants, unlike some non-CLT schemes in nearby towns or villages, where homes built as affordable rentals have been bought by tenants, who go on to sub let.

Some of the new tenants were also interviewed, commenting on how pleased they were with their new homes. All of the homes have been allocated to families or individuals with a local connection and there are about 20 children living on the development, including babies.

The BBC team also flew a drone above the site, and proceeded down to Lyme seafront for further aerial filming.

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Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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