Ian’s story: a local, affordable place to live
Ian is an engineer living in Devon. He lives in an affordable housing project in the village of High Bickington, which Ecology has supported by providing mortgages for a number of residents.
High Bickington Community Property Trust was formed in 2000 by community members who wanted to develop a farm site into affordable homes for local people, as well as workspace, community facilities and woodland. Building on the site started in Spring 2011 and, in July 2011, Ecology agreed to provide mortgage funding for prospective residents, subject to individual circumstances. We waived our administration fee for the mortgages and produced bespoke promotional literature aimed particularly at first time buyers, who we knew would struggle to obtain mortgage finance.