Council must sell off its land to build affordable homes for villagers

PUBLISHED: 05:54 24 August 2006 | UPDATED: 09:45 24 May 2010

PARISH council-owned land in Wedmore could be used to build up to 30 homes after a survey revealed people can't get on the housing ladder. Housing experts at the Rural Community Council say between 25 and 30 two, three and four bedroom affordable homes ar

PARISH council-owned land in Wedmore could be used to build up to 30 homes after a survey revealed people can't get on the housing ladder.Housing experts at the Rural Community Council say between 25 and 30 two, three and four bedroom affordable homes are needed in the village.A total of 55 people who work, live or have family in Wedmore said they required affordable housing on a survey carried out by the community council.Parish and district councillor Jessica Healey says landowners would not sell their land for cheap home schemes and the parish council must use land it owns at Worthington Close. The council bought the two-acre site in 2001 for £18,000.A working group of parish councillors and housing officers from Sedgemoor District Council and the community council has been set up to look for potential sites.Councillor Healey said: "People who own land near the village will wait for private development opportunities to get more money."We need to use our land or otherwise we will be babbling about on committees and not getting anything done for years."The move comes after it was revealed at Wednesday night's parish council meeting that there had only been two vacancies from the 53 affordable homes in the village in the last 12 months.A discounted sheltered housing scheme collapsed in Wedmore after parish councillors rejected a proposal in February.The Silverwood Partnership wanted to build 24 cheap homes on land off Cheddar Road. It pledged to sell the housing at 80 per cent of its market value to villagers.Silverwood senior partner Kevin Bird gave the parish council an ultimatum to back the scheme or lose it, but was parish councillors voted against it.

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