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: Richard Bence 01288331322 email@example.com
Deputy Chairman : David Cornish
Other Councillors: Adrian Wade and Colin Burrow
Clerk to the Parish Council : Lisa Cetinkaya 01237 441579
Thank you to everyone who came along to the meeting on Affordable Housing on 30th January. My notes on the meeting are below - please let me know anything that has been missed.
The plan going forward is to get some answers to questions raised that will be brought to the next Parish Council meeting on Tuesday 19th February (7.30pm at the Village Hall). Everyone is very welcome to attend.
The following week, commencing 25th February we will arrange another public meeting and agree how to progress.
If you have any
questions in addition to the ones listed in the notes below, please can you
send them to me as soon as possible so we have the greatest chance of getting
answers ahead of 19th February. Please also send me any comments or ideas
Notes from Affordable Housing Meeting held at Welcombe Village Hall at 7.30pm on Wednesday 30th January
Sue Southwell, Rural Housing Enabler at Community Council of Devon
Rachel Webdell, Strategic Enabling Office, Torridge DC
Gavin Spiller, Planning Officer, Torridge DC Planning Department
Approximately 25 residents of Welcombe, Parish Councillors and District Councillors
Sue Southwell gave a background on the history of the affordable housing project which started in 2008. In November 2008 a ‘Needs Survey’ was carried out which identified 7 households in need of affordable housing, 3 immediately and 4 within 3 years. Of the 7, only one family could consider part-ownership. There is a need for this survey to be ‘refreshed’.
is a local initiative, driven by the Parish Council who:
Keep a list of those in housing need.
Support landowners who offer land.
Decide on support applications for affordable housing.
Provide Torridge District Council with accurate information on need.
Rachel Webdell distributed a map of Welcombe showing four potential locations for afforable housing. She explained the possible ways affordable housing can be achieved. These include:
Housing Association - they could run and ensure the houses remained affordable. Main issue is whether they would be interested in a location such as Welcombe due to the housing plots being spread across the village. Timescales for Housing Associations are 3 years to completion.
Private Builders - this includes those living in the affordable houses purchasing the land any building their own house. Alternatively a landowner could build the houses and recover the cost through rent at affordable rates. In some cases a landowner has provided affordable houses by building a number of properties, selling a minority at market rates and the remainder at affordable rates.
Community Property Trusts - this is where the community drives the funding of the building of the houses. CPTs can access funding and grants not available to private builders. These schemes have the maximum amount of community control both over the build and running of the properties. There are examples of CPT in Bradworthy, Pancrasweek and Bridgerule.
Affordable rates are described as in the region of £75-85 per week in rent or £82,000 for sale of a two bedroom house. In Welcombe is it likely that affordable houses for rent will get support at Torridge over those for sale.
Section 106 agreements
are used to ensure that the properties remain affordable. These are legally
binding requirements that are linked to each property and would include:
Requirement that the rent remained ‘affordable’.
Any sale of the property could only be at 3.5 times the average local income (currently £82,000).
Priority of access would be for those in identified housing need in this order:
Those within the parish (for around one month of property becoming available)
Those in neighbouring parishes thereafter.
The wider area thereafter.
The priority of access within the parish would be:
Adults who had been resident in the parish for 5 of the previous 10 years
Adults who had parents or guardians that had lived in the parish for the past 10 years.
Adults who had worked in the parish for the past 5 years.
Section 106 requirements will also help ensure landowners sell at reasonable prices as the land can only be used for affordable housing and is therefore not worth as much.
Access to rented affordable housing in Devon is through Devon Home Choice and all those interested are encouraged to register.
Council will endeavour to get answers to questions raised from the meeting
More information on the Community Property Trust scheme
Information and experiences from local Parish Councils that have built affordable housing
Greater clarification on housing need criteria
Outline of how and when the housing need survey will be refreshed
What impact there may be locally and how can this be mitigated
Information gathered will be presented at the next Welcombe Parish Council meeting on 19th February. A further public meeting will be arranged for the week commencing 25th February where a group may be formed to progress the scheme in coordination with the Parish Council.
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These are held on the first two Sundays of every month from 5.30pm until 6.30pm Sundays. The sessions are for working on pieces to sing in the monthly family service and at important services on the church calendar, such as Harvest Festival and Christmas and Easter. All ages welcome.
Discussion Group at the Pub - First Wednesday
Everyone is welcome. Come and enjoy 'cheap food night', helps the discussion go down well!
Team Vicar: Rev.
Church Warden: Mrs. Sheila Wade
lst Sunday each month 9.30am - CW Holy Communion
2nd Sunday 9.30am - Welcombe Service
3rd Sunday 11am. - CW Morning Prayer
4th Sunday 9.30am - BCP Holy Communion
5th Sunday - held in turn at one of the Church's in the Hartland Coast Team - details in the Church Magazine.
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