200 homes to help shortage

PUBLISHED: 16:10 05 October 2006 | UPDATED: 10:57 06 May 2010

NEARLY 200 affordable homes are to be built by Mid Beds District Council. The council says they are responding to the significant shortage of affordable housing in the area. Among the towns and villages where the 180 homes in the building programme are to

NEARLY 200 affordable homes are to be built by Mid Beds District Council.

The council says they are responding to the significant shortage of affordable housing in the area.

Among the towns and villages where the 180 homes in the building programme are to be built are Stotfold, Henlow, Shefford, Langford, Biggleswade and Meppershall.

The cash for the plan comes from a £3.6 million injection from the Housing Corporation and will see properties for rent or shared ownership managed by housing associations and built over the next few years.

The council has also agreed to allocate £907,000 for housing covering a further 24 units for rent which enables 10 more shared ownership units to be built within the schemes.

Cllr Anita Lewis, who represents Potton and Wensley that includes Dunton, Edworth, Everton, Eyeworth, Sutton, Wrestlingworth and Cockayne Hartley on the council, said: "The £3.6m is excellent news considering the value of bids to the government was many times over-subscribed.

"The extra 24 units were funded because they represented very good value for money and are deliverable in a reasonable time.

"Mid Beds District Council is strongly committed to providing everyone in the district with the opportunity of a decent home and to provide affordable housing that meets demonstrated local needs.

"To do this we negotiate with developers applying for planning permission on sites of generally over 25 plots, to secure 28 per cent of those plots for affordable housing.

"To show our commitment to this we have a corporate high level target and that is to ensure that planning policies secure at least 28 per cent of affordable housing on new qualifying sites throughout the district."

The council is currently reviewing all its housing policies through the new local development framework.


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