POOLE council is set to sell a patch of land for £1 to a community trust to allow new affordable homes to be built.

The sale of the plot in Northmead Drive to Creekmoor Community Land Trust is due to be completed next week.

Plans to build affordable homes are being drawn-up by the trust although a requirement of the deal will be that the council controls who can live in them.

A council review in 2016, identified the to the south of the road as being suitable for affordable or social to help meet a shortage in the borough.

On Tuesday, its cabinet member for estates, Cllr John Challinor, will be recommended to approve the £1 sale of the plot which has been valued at £490,000.

“New affordable homes will result from the transfer of these assets to the land trust and housing association,” a report to Cllr Challinor says.

“These homes are very much needed by residents of the borough who are currently inadequately housed or without a home of their own.”

The report recommends that he approves the £1 sale and also transfer the remainders of a housing grant to the trust as its contribution towards the cost of the development.

Cllr Challinor will make his decision on Tuesday.

Should the move be approved, the trust will have to draw up formal plans for any development.