Cheriton Bishop Community Land Trust celebrate affordable housing success

Posted on: 10 July 2015

As part of Rural Housing Week 2015, the Cheriton Bishop Community Land Trust (CLT) and partners celebrate their success on the granting of planning permission for their affordable housing scheme after years of hard work.

Cheriton Bishop CLT was formed in 2011 to provide affordable housing for local people in the village. The Parish Council had been looking into the provision of affordable housing for some time and the decision was taken to form a CLT as this was thought to be the best way forward. A housing needs survey was carried out in 2012 which identified a need for a scheme of 8 affordable homes. The Rural Housing Team and Mid Devon District Council also assisted with the site search by carrying out a site appraisal in January 2013. This appraisal identified several possible sites within the village, including the site which was finally chosen for the development.

The CLT liaised regularly with Teign Housing (the housing association who will build and manage the homes), the Rural Housing Enabler from Mid Devon District Council, the Wessex CLT Project, Mid Devon District Council planners and the Rural Housing Enablers from DCT to bring this scheme forward to the planning permission stage. The planning application went to the Council’s Planning Committee on 3rd June 2015. It was decided that planning permission will be granted, subject to a legal agreement on how the houses will be allocated.

Construction is due to start in the Autumn on the new homes, which will consist of 4 x one bedroom homes, 3 x two bedroom homes and 1 x three bedroom home.

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