A CO-HOUSING group in Bridport wants nearly £20,000 so it can submit a planning application for 30 affordable homes in the town.

Bridport’s Co-Housing is asking West Dorset District Council’s executive committee for the money.

Committee members will consider the application at their meeting on May 20.

The housing group has an option agreement for a piece of land next to Bridport Community Hospital in North Allington but the land is outside the defined development boundary.

The co-housing group hopes to build the homes with shared facilities and a common house.

The group has already got a grant of £46,500 for community led housing schemes.

It needs a minimum of 10 per cent match funding, but because of the size of the development there’s a shortfall of £19,575.

The current proposals are for a mix of affordable rented and discounted/shared ownership homes. It is planned that around 12 of the properties will be affordable rented homes developed by a housing association. If given the go ahead the grant of £19,750 would come from the housing initiatives budget which has £306,218 unallocated.