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ULLSWATER AFFORDABLE HOUSING GROUP
Minutes of the Meeting of the Affordable Housing Group held on 13th March 2017 in Glenridding Public Hall at 7pm.
PRESENT: Cllr Maddy Teasdale (in the Chair)
ALSO IN ATTENDANCE: Andy Lloyd (CLT), Ben Long (LDNPA Planner) 11 public
1. Maddy Teasdale opened the meeting and outlined issues contained within the report she had circulated.
2. Andy Lloyd provided a handout to the meeting and gave a resume of the issues to be considered and the actions needed to further an Ullswater Community Land Trust. He quoted figures on the loss of Council Housing and also the impact of the Right to Buy on affordable rented accommodation.
3. Ben Long spoke on LDNPA policies towards the provision of rented affordable housing in the Park and specifically addressed local issues relating to Patterdale Parish. Only where there is identifiable local need will approval be given. Land owned by LDNPA could be made available as a possibility. Constraints include the price of land, access, landscape issues and flooding. The needs of the community can outweigh the right to green space.
4. Andy Lloyd suggested that the way forward is to set up a sub group under the auspices of the Parish Council who could then identify support, set up a steering group for a possible CLT and engage a professional consultant who will work with the group to further its aims. Government funding has been given to Eden District Council to enable the provision of affordable rented accommodation within its area and any CLT with a positive idea can bid for this money.
The Meeting agreed that this should be taken to the next Parish Council meeting to progress the idea of a community housing sub group.
The meeting closed at 1940.
January 2017 - Eden District Council has been awarded £938,640 from the government’s Community Housing Fund. The money granted from this Fund aims to create more housing in areas where the impact of second homes is particularly acute and housing prices outstrip local household incomes.
Eden District Council’s Leader, Councillor Kevin Beaty, said: “We are delighted that our bid to the government’s Community Housing Fund has been successful. We will be working on proposals for how we can best use this funding straightaway and we hope to bring these before a meeting of full Council in due course.”
The government’s £60 million Community Housing Fund aims to enable local communities to deliver affordable housing units of mixed tenure on sites which may not be of interest to mainstream housing developers and will thereby contribute to the overall national effort to boost housing supply. The funding is allocated between local authorities proportionate to the number of holiday homes in the local area and taking account of the affordability of housing to local people.
Eden District Council’s Housing and Health Portfolio Holder, Councillor Lesley Grisedale, said: “The delivery of new housing is a priority for Eden District Council and this funding is a welcome boost. In Eden, we currently have 945 people seeking social housing through the Cumbria Choice Based Lettings Scheme and around 1,900 second/holiday homes. House prices in Eden are amongst the highest in Cumbria. The average household income in 2012 was £25,458 and average house price £183,866, outstripping household income levels by around 7.2%, making the local housing market inaccessible for many families.”
The £60 million Community Housing Fund will enable capital investment, technical support and revenue to be provided to make more housing schemes viable and significantly increase the number of units coming forward via community groups.