East Suffolk Council is delighted to be providing funding of nearly half a million pounds to help build new affordable homes in a village where people are finding it hard to get on the housing ladder.
In December 2016, Suffolk Coastal District Council (predecessor to East Suffolk) was awarded an allocation of £1,500,000 through the then Department of Communities and Local Government’s (DCLG) Community Housing Fund (CHF), an initiative aimed to help councils deliver additional affordable housing in communities with high levels of second homeownership.
Housing provision forms a key part of the East Suffolk Business Plan’s strategic ambitions and, working in partnership with the Peninsula Villages Community Land Trust (PVCLT), the Council identified delivering affordable housing in the village of Bawdsey as a key opportunity to use the grant.
A sum of £455,125 was approved and this will deliver four affordable homes for rent at the School Lane site, Bawdsey, meeting an identified need in the parish and the wider Deben Peninsula where there are limited development opportunities for new affordable housing.
Cllr Richard Kerry, East Suffolk Cabinet member for Housing, said: “We are delighted that this considerable sum of money is being allocated to a much-needed scheme. East Suffolk Council wants to take a proactive approach to providing much-needed housing and this is a great example of our strategic approach and determination to deliver what is needed.”
Peter Widdup, a spokesperson for PVCLT, said: “This represents an exciting new initiative in home building for East Suffolk and local communities on the Deben Peninsula, where prices are often too high for young couples or older residents wishing to downsize. Without East Suffolk’s support we wouldn’t have been able to get this project off the ground. Both former and current ward members Christine Block and new member Cllr James Mallinder respectively have worked hard to keep the project on track.”
East Suffolk ward councillor James Mallinder said: “This is a perfect illustration of local people coming together to answer a specific local housing issue – providing the right houses in the right location.”
PVCLT was set up a year ago to answer the clear need for local affordable housing. Peter added: “We are creating permanently affordable homes that will remain owned by the community forever; these will be local homes for people with a strong local connection.”