parish council homes scheme

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A PARISH council is hoping that an influx of affordable housing will help young villagers to stay put.

Barton Mills Parish Council has been working with Hastoe Housing Association on plans to introduce six new affordable homes at a site in Church Lane.

With the properties initially only available to people with a connection to the local area, Cllr Pamela Boura said the scheme would help people struggling to afford a first home.

“First-time buyers, particularly young people, are not able to afford places in the village and we want to make sure they stay here.

“The surveys we have carried out show there is a need for this type of housing here and we are trying to address that,” she said.

James Bercovici, parish council clerk, said backing for the plans from residents had been widespread.

A survey carried out by Suffolk Acre in 2008 showed that Barton Mills needed six homes to meet demand.

In July 2009, the parish council selected Hastoe Housing to manage the scheme and the Church Lane site was confirmed in January 2010.

The development will consist of two terraces of three houses, all of which will be three bedroom. Four of the homes will be for rent while the remaining two will be for shared ownership.

The public get a chance to look at the plans at a pre-planning consultation event to be held on November 22 at Barton Mills Church Room.

David Whelpton, spokesman for Hastoe Housing, said he hoped residents would share their views on the scheme at the meeting.

“We want to hear what they have to say as the purpose of the scheme is to provide affordable homes for local people with a connection to Barton Mills,” he said.

Forest Heath District Council has assisted with the scheme by helping assess potential sites.

The meeting will be from 3pm till 7pm.