Bid to build budget homes after slating

PUBLISHED: 12:00 11 July 2011

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DOZENS of affordable homes could be built on the edge of Weston to help those struggling to get on the property ladder.

Knightstone Housing Association has submitted plans to North Somerset Council for 34 homes in Pastures Avenue in St Georges.

The application says the development will be made up of a mix of two, three and four-bed homes which will be available for rent and shared ownership.

In a document submitted to the council, a spokesman for the registered social landlord said there was a shortage of affordable housing in Weston.

He said the town has a high number of people on waiting lists to join the home-buying scheme, but there are few available properties.

The homes will sit beside the North Somerset Courthouse and would be joined on the road by a dementia care home and new doctor’s surgery.

Building of the 64-bed dementia day care centre was given permission in April, while plans for the two-GP NHS facility got the go-ahead last year.

A public consultation on the affordable homes was held last summer, with about 50 people attending to give comments on the plans.

Many supported the idea, but there were some concerns about parking and problems associated with affordable housing.

North Somerset Council is under pressure to provide more affordable housing after Shelter claimed it was not doing enough.

Last year, the charity ranked the council 127 out of 323 for fulfilling the requirement to provide the homes.

It said, despite independent experts commissioned by the council saying 1,001 new affordable homes need to be built each year, only 227 have been created in 2009/10.

But council deputy leader Elfan Ap Rees hit back, claiming the experts’ reports were ‘out of date and misleading’.

The council is set to make a decision on the planning application for the homes by the end of this month.

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