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Funding For Homes Project In Whitby Village

Funding For Homes Project In Whitby Village

Published by Local Democracy Reporter Carl Gavaghan at 10:57am 10th October 2019.

Funding is to be given to a scheme to see if a community housing project could provide much-needed affordable homes in one of Whitby’s villages.

Scarborough Council’s cabinet will next week be asked to approve a grant to the Lealholm Community Land Trust (CLT) to enable it to carry out a feasibility study to progress a community-led housing scheme in the area west of Whitby in the North York Moors National Park.

The council is requested to provide £17,936 from its Community Housing Fund for the project.

A report prepared for the cabinet’s meeting on Tuesday by John Burroughs, the authority’s Housing Strategy and Development officer, states:

“Lealholm CLT is a community-led housing group, which was set up in 2018 to provide affordable housing for the local community in Lealholm village and the wider parish of Glaisdale.

Over the past 18 months the group has been with working with the council’s Housing Services to develop a community-led housing scheme within Lealholm.

The need for affordable housing in Lealholm had arisen from concerns locally about the lack of affordable housing for local people and the potential impact and implications this had for the sustainability of the village.

Work was undertaken by the council’s Rural Housing Enabler (RHE) to explore the potential for an affordable housing scheme in the village.

The RHE, working in partnership with the North York Moors National Park Planning Authority and Glaisdale Parish Council, established that there was a significant affordable housing need in Lealholm, through both a Housing Needs Survey and subsequent open day in the village.

The outcome of the survey and open day identified a need of 17 households as at November 2017.

Discussions with the National Park indicated that it would accept a development of eight to 10 properties based on the need of 17 households.”

The grant money will be used to carry out a feasibility study and also further consultation with residents in the Glaisdale parish.


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