Trust working to deliver affordable housing in Colyton holds its launch meeting

PUBLISHED: 11:00 17 July 2018 | UPDATED: 09:02 20 July 2018

The former Ceramtec factory at Colyton. Picture: CHRIS CARSON

The former Ceramtec factory at Colyton. Picture: CHRIS CARSON

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Land Trust aims to work with a housing association to ensure that the redevelopment of the CeramTec site includes some lower-cost properties

A newly-formed organisation dedicated to ensuring that Colyton and Colyford have enough affordable homes for local people is holding its launch meeting on Saturday, July 21.

The initial focus of the Colyford and Colyton Community Land Trust will be the former CeramTec site in Sidmouth Road, Colyton. The site is now owned by Homes England, a Government body which aims to boost the number of houses built across the whole country, particularly on brownfield sites. It plans to build up to 80 new homes there, along with employment space.

But the proportion of affordable homes is yet to be agreed, and the Trust wants to work with Home England to deliver a reasonable number and ensure that they are let to local people.

The Trust’s acting chairman Charles Hill said: “There will inevitably be compromises to be made along the way in order to satisfy all that is hoped for from this site in the way of homes, car parking, work space and open space. We also recognise that the housing element has to be commercially viable to attract a developer. Our hope is that we can facilitate the wider development by agreeing to take delivery of the affordable housing element, in partnership with a housing association.”

A survey commissioned by Colyton Parish Council last October revealed that 36 affordable homes will be needed in the parish over the next five years. At the time there were no homes for sale there at less than £200,000.

While the Trust will be working hard to provide lower-cost housing within the CeramTec development, it has emphasised that it will be looking at other sites as well. It could also manage assets such as open space and renewable energy for the benefit of the community.

The Trust was formed after a public meeting in April, and has since been taking professional advice on delivering affordable housing from the Wessex Community Land Trust Project and Devon Communities Together. The launch meeting takes place at the Reece Strawbridge Youth Centre in Colyton on July 21 at 10am, and residents over 16 are invited to join for a nominal cost of £1 per share.

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