Peninsula Village Community Land trust wins £455,000 grant for Affordable Homes in Bawdsey
Wed 10 Jul 2019
The money was provided by East Suffolk District Council as part of their Community Housing Fund allocation.
PVCLT has signed a deal with Crocus Homes for the purchase of four affordable homes at the School Lane site in Bawdsey. Once built the homes will be managed by Orwell Housing Association on behalf of the CLT.
The houses to be built are two 2 bedroom semi-detached and two 1 bedroom semi-detached, these will be constructed to the same high standard as the open market properties on the site. They are scheduled to be completed by the end of next year.
The problem local people face is that many of them, who were brought up in the local area or work on the peninsula, find there is a lack of suitable accommodation and house prices are a barrier to living in the area.
The primary aim of the CLT is to work collaboratively with housing associations to ensure that there is more affordable housing for rent in their parishes. This will enable local people to live and work in the villages and, in turn, help provide the communities with a more sustainable future.
John Whitelock Managing Director of Crocus Homes commented “I look forward to working with the trustees of PVCLT, together we plan to build high specification and energy efficient homes. This is a win-win situation for the local communities on the Wilford Peninsula”
Welcoming the work of PVCLT, Suffolk Coastal District Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for Housing, Cllr Richard Kerry, said: “We welcome this positive development on the Wilford Peninsula. It is a great step forward for the villages involved”
“It sums up the ‘can do’ attitude of our local communities, banding together to make a real difference to the housing situation in their area. We will do what we can to support this, and similar initiatives, to help provide the affordable homes needed to allow local people to stay in the area and for our economy to continue to flourish.”
Christine Block a trustee from PVCLT and former District Councillor commented “Without the help and knowledge from Debbie Wildridge at EC Community Housing we would have struggled to achieve this result”.
It is hoped that there will be government support with extra funding to enable more affordable housing to be built for people who really need and want live and work in their local area.
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