Affordable Homes in Rural Communities

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In 2018 the government provided £8.5 million of resource support so Parishes can allocate land for homes sold or rented at a discount.

Has the time come for a discussion about Parish and Community led development Projects? Community lead affordable housing projects are intended to empower communities regardless of size to commission their own homes to meet local needs.

Rural housing is much more than just a roof over a family’s head and we all know how important that is.  Making housing affordable is key for rural workforces and therefore important to the rural economy.

Homes identified under the scheme can be for purchase or rent.

My own personal choice would be rental ensuring homes would remain available indefinitely for those in most need from the local community.

Parish Councils and local communities have a major role to play in identifying suitable sites and agreeing the criteria for allocation of the resulting homes.

If elected by the people of the Peninsula within the first year of my office I would engage with Parish Councils, local social services and the  English Rural Housing Association to carry out a housing needs survey and a call for sites.

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