Villagers welcome affordable homes
NEW plans for affordable homes in Churchill have been unveiled to the public. More than 20 people have registered their interest with developers despite only 10 houses being up for grabs. The development is a joint project by North Somerset Council and E
NEW plans for affordable homes in Churchill have been unveiled to the public.More than 20 people have registered their interest with developers despite only 10 houses being up for grabs. The development is a joint project by North Somerset Council and English Rural Housing Association (ERHA), a not-for-profit organisation, which will allow those on low incomes to gain a foothold on the property ladder. The ERHA's latest plans for low cost housing in the village are now focused on Ladymead Lane after previous opposition to a proposed site in Pudding Pie Lane. Plans shown at a public consultation meeting in the Memorial Hall on Tuesday gave villagers the opportunity to see details of the flats and houses up for grabs.Max Page, aged 23, of Greenhill Road, Sandford, a potential applicant for one of the new houses, said: "This scheme is the only way I can afford to live in this part of the country."A planning application will be submitted to the council in the coming months for two two bedroomed flats, four two bedroomed houses and four three bedroomed properties. Only the houses will be for shared ownership, which will allow occupants to own up to 80 per cent of the equity in their properties. The flats will be rented. Churchill parish councillor Pam Millward said: "The new site is very well planned. There has been a lot of response to the scheme from the community. "I support this project totally as there is a need for affordable housing in Churchill."The parish council will be asked by the ERHA to confirm the local connections of those who have so far expressed interest in the scheme.