A COMMUNITY trust has been set up with the aim of developing affordable housing for local people in Appledore and for those who have had to leave the village, but would like to return. The Appledore Community Land Trust has been created as part of the Gov

A COMMUNITY trust has been set up with the aim of developing affordable housing for local people in Appledore and for those who have had to leave the village, but would like to return.The Appledore Community Land Trust has been created as part of the Government's initiative to empower and involve communities in local housing projects, It is made up of five trustees - Torridge councillors Andrew Eastman and Sam Robinson and local men Peter Reveley, Keith Clements and Peter Withecombe.But before any housing projects can begin, Torridge District Council and the Community Council of Devon are running a Housing Needs Survey and holding a seminar in the village. Residents are invited to Appledore Baptist Hall in Meeting Street on Monday, November 17, between 2 and 7pm, to talk about housing needs in the village and complete survey forms.The results of the survey could help in the delivery of future affordable housing in the village and help determine the mix of properties to be built.District councillor and trustee Andrew Eastman said: "Having realised for many years the serious problem of local housing, especially within Appledore, I am pleased to have instigated the formation of the Appledore Community Land Trust in order to establish a recognised scheme of ensuring that houses built in Appledore will remain under the Appledore Community Land Trust constitution for time in perpetuity."Community Trusts are now popular in areas where the average price of a house far exceeds the combined income of a couple wishing to get a foot on the property ladder and by taking part in this survey we can truthfully identify the local needs for suitable housing required for Appledore."This survey is also aimed at Appledorians who have been forced to live in areas outside of Appledore and would dearly like to return home. "We must make sure these survey forms are completed in order to get a good idea of how many within Appledore need suitable housing. Please take the trouble to go along to the Baptist Hall and fill out a form."For more information contact Sue Hitchcock, Community Council of Devon on (01392) 383419 or Rachel Webdell at Torridge District Council on (01237) 428750.