Update on Affordable Housing for local people

The Parish Council would like to thank everyone who responded to the Housing Needs Survey in early 2020.

This information has allowed RCCE’s Rural Housing Enabler (RHE) to provide a recommendation of the need for a small affordable housing scheme which will be coming to the parish. This small Rural Exception Site scheme is different to a larger more strategic development as these homes will be prioritised in perpetuity for those with a local connection to the parish. Rural Exception Sites (RES) are only available to parishes of less than 3,000 population and are brought forward on the evidence of need.

These schemes really do assist local households to be able to stay where their support networks are, as house prices and rents in rural areas continue to rise. The properties built on such a rural scheme cannot be sold into private ownership and would remain in perpetuity for people with a strong local connection to the parish, either through family or work.

If you, or your family member, are interested in the forthcoming scheme and have a need for alternative accommodation within the parish, we would urge you to please complete this short additional survey by the end of Friday 16th October so that we can further refine the scheme to ensure the properties meet the local need;  https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Layerdelahaye

If you are unable to access the online survey, please contact the Parish Council for a hard copy. With the previous survey, we had 11 households who stated they had a need for alternative accommodation but did not provide enough financial information for an assessment to be made. If you previously responded to the survey but did not answer all the questions we would be grateful if you could re-submit your information via this online survey so you can be included. If you fully completed the survey the first time, you do not need to resubmit. All information is treated as highly confidential and individual responses will only be seen by the RHE.

To be eligible for these properties when they are developed, you will also need to be on the Colchester Borough Housing Register. We would like to encourage all those interested to join this Housing Register as a first step – please visit;

www.gatewaytohomechoice.org.uk or phone the council on 01206 282569 for further advice.

Thank you very much for your support! If you have any questions regarding this scheme or would like to submit your interest, please complete the survey or contact the Parish Council Clerk on layerclerk@hotmail.com

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