Housebuilding Starts At Netherhay Lane

An update from the Broadwindsor Group Parish Community Land Trust:

Work on the Netherhay Lane site is progressing well and on time. Elevations are now rising from the foundation blocks, brickwork and facings of Portland Stone are now visible. Large attenuation tanks to manage the surface water run off have been installed

BGP CLT and the Broadwindsor Group Parish Council have put forward the name ‘Northcombe Lea’ for this site to Dorset Council.

Our community project, Homemaking, has received grant funding from Dorset Council’s Community and Culture Fund. When waste timber from the site becomes available, community volunteers will creatively up-cycle the material to make bird and bat boxes etc, some of which we hope can be housed on the development site in due course. This project, which also includes photography, music, song and art work, is being coordinated on behalf of BGP CLT by Andrew Pastor.

Unfortunately, thefts of materials from site have recently taken place. 24/7 CCTV on site is now in place and CG Fry have also installed more secure storage areas. Any additional information anyone can provide about these thefts would be gratefully received by CG Fry’s Project Manager at the site.

The 2022 AGM took place in Drimpton Village Hall on Monday evening, 20th June.

  • Sheila Hawkins and Jacqui Sewell were re-elected to the Board for another 3 year term.
  • Francesca Hurrell and Rowland Hibbard, who had previously been co-opted on to the Board, were elected by Members, as was
  • Stefan Nikolov (Broadwindsor).
  • Steve Chubb, Brian Hesketh and Ken Banks are the remaining Board members.

If you have any questions about the development or the housing, please contact:
Sheila Hawkins11esgh528@gmail.com for a CLT membership.
Learn more at their website HERE.


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Broadwindsor GP CLT Site At Netherhay Lane

The Broadwindsor Group Parish Community Land Trust Board is absolutely delighted that they have taken a step closer to provision of 15 housing units for affordable rent for our Parish area, with the commencement of work on their development site at Netherhay Lane, Drimpton. Board members and the community have, over a period of 6 years, been very involved with the planning and design of these badly needed homes, and thy are very excited to see things actually happening at last! The CLT took ownership of the site on 24th November 2021. The main contractor CG Fry started work on 13th December, fencing off the site, creating the initial site office and facilities, removing turf and creating a working roadway before Christmas. From the beginning of January 2022, further ground condition surveys have been taking place to inform strategy on foundations, and initial trenches have been dug for drainage. The contract term is set for completion by April 2023.

Drainage works

CG Fry has agreed to the CLT Board’s request for 4-5 site Open Days to be organised across the construction period so that community members can visit the site and talk to staff members of both CG Fry and Abri (our Housing Association partner). They will let you know when these are scheduled in due course.

During the construction phase BGP CLT is running a community project, to include a series of music, arts and crafts events in Drimpton, which will be  open for participation to everyone in the Broadwindsor Parish area. This project is being coordinated for us by Andrew Pastor, with the help of Brian Hesketh and Francesca Hurrell.

To be eligible for one of these new homes, please apply now to join the Dorset Council Housing Register HERE notifying them of your interest in this CLT housing development in Drimpton.

The principal aim of the Broadwindsor Group Parish CLT is to provide a small development of affordable housing for rent to people with a direct connection to the villages within this Parish:

  • Blackdown
  • Broadwindsor
  • Burstock
  • Drimpton
  • Hursey
  • Kittwhistle
  • Seaborough

If you have any questions about the development or the housing, please contact:
David Leader (Chair, BGP CLT) – westhillhousecottages@gmail.com,
Anyone interested in being part of the current and future CLT community projects are invited to contact:
Sheila Hawkins11esgh528@gmail.com for a CLT membership.
Learn more at their website HERE.

Netherhay Lane – prior to development.
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