A HEREFORDSHIRE group are working to ensure homes are affordable to local people in need of housing to stop them from being forced out of their hometowns.

To help tackle the shortage the group are in the process of forming The Ross and District Community Land Trust.

The group will also put together proposals for housing to be built for keyworkers and local young families.

The groups hope this will enable young people and others on modest incomes to remain within the communities where they grew up.

Recent research from architectural consultancy firm Iceni Projects Ltd, who are working for Herefordshire Council, estimated that for the next five years, the Ross area needs an average of 110 affordable new homes per year.

It also recommends that 75% of new affordable homes should be for affordable rent countywide.

The trust is currently looking to recruit more members interested in housing issues.

If you would like to know more about the proposed Ross and District Community Land Trust contact 01989 313002#2 or visit www.rosscdt.org.uk/rd-clt.