Don't miss a story sign up to Sidmouth Herald's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Bigger boost for Beer families with housing grant

13:09 14 July 2014

Building work at Beer C.L.T. is well underway. Allwood Timber Construction workers, Aaron Wicks, Kevin Hardy, Dean Newman and Rob Graham. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref shb 7035-27-14AW

Building work at Beer C.L.T. is well underway. Allwood Timber Construction workers, Aaron Wicks, Kevin Hardy, Dean Newman and Rob Graham. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref shb 7035-27-14AW

Archant

Even more Beer families are set to benefit after a project to build houses that will stay in residents’ ownership in perpetuity won an £80,000 grant.

Building work at Beer C.L.T. is well underway. Allwood Timber Construction workers, Aaron Wicks, Kevin Hardy, Dean Newman and Rob Graham. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref shb 7024-27-14AWBuilding work at Beer C.L.T. is well underway. Allwood Timber Construction workers, Aaron Wicks, Kevin Hardy, Dean Newman and Rob Graham. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref shb 7024-27-14AW

The new funding will mean all seven of the Beer Community Land Trust (CLT) dwellings will be affordable homes – meaning they will all be safeguarded from being sold on as holiday properties.

Bosses hope the model could lead the way for future building projects and prove a viable alternative to council or social housing.

The CLT’s Geoff Pook said: “This is great news as it means none of the houses will have to be sold on the open market, thereby safeguarding them for people with local connections living and working in the area.

“While we appreciate that Beer is a tourist destination and the tourism income is very important to the village, retaining homes for full-time occupancy by locals is just as important as providing holiday homes and we can now be sure these homes will always be fully occupied by local families.”

The homes will be sold as part-equity properties or rented out by Beer CLT.

Interest is growing as the Quarry Lane construction work becomes a reality, with as many as 27 Beer families on the list at any one time.

Colyton-based Northcott Building Contractors are taking the project through to completion and the first residents could be in before Christmas.

Geoff, who campaigned for his district council role on an affordable housing ticket, added: “So far, all is going well and we’re setting a bit of a record for getting the project from the drawing board to build.”

The CLT was last year awarded a £1million loan from East Devon District Council.

It also won a grant of £179,000 from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).

Once finalised – subject to the CLT being awarded ‘registered provider’ status – the recent £80,000 will take its total contribution to the project to more than a quarter of a million pounds.

The original plan was to part-fund the project by selling off a number of the houses on the open market but that would have lost control over their occupancy.

Residents have to be a member of the CLT to express an interest in one of the houses.

For more information, email Geoff at: g.pook@outlook.com.

Other News Stories

11:00
Jane Hawking pictured at her Cambridge home [Picture: Masons Agency]

What was it like being married to Britain’s best-known genius, Stephen Hawking, for nearly 30 years and cope with his equally famous, progressive neurodegenerative Lou Gehrig’s Disease?

Read more
Dominique Webb protesting with her painted bike

Devon’s highways chief has assured a campaigning schoolgirl that there will be no back-pedalling on commitments to a new cycle path in the Sid Valley.

Read more
Yesterday, 18:30
A previous Exmouth RNLI ball. Ref exe 8459-42-14SH Picture: Emma Crane-Woodman

Exmouth RNLI is holding its fundraising ball at Ocean on Saturday, September 10.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:42
Care Quality Commission

‘Staffing issues largely to blame but we are going in the right direction’

Read more
Yesterday, 16:17

District chiefs are introducing a new levy on developers to pay for infrastructure such as school places, new roads, and sports pitches.

Read more
Yesterday, 06:58
The Sidmouth Health Centre on Blackmore Drive. Ref shs 10-16SH 7178. Picture: Simon Horn

GPs ‘absolutely committed’ to retaining town centre site

Read more
Mon, 19:30

Residents have a second chance to have their say on controversial plans for a 9.3-acre business park in Sidford.

Read more
Mon, 12:00
County Hall in Exeter.

A Sidmouth woman refused medical intervention so she could die peacefully in her own bed at home, an inquest heard.

Read more
Mon, 07:00
Recycling boxes. Ref mhc 07-16SH 5145. Picture: Simon Horn

Plans to introduce an expanded recycling scheme in Sidmouth - which will see landfill-bound rubbish collected every three weeks - have prompted concern from some Herald readers.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 21°C

min temp: 12°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications