Town to lobby for more affordable homes

PUBLISHED: 14:12 16 September 2008 | UPDATED: 22:20 15 June 2010

LACK of affordable housing in Honiton has prompted a town council focus group to set the wheels in motion for a lobby campaign even though it recognises there is a lack of identified development sites.

LACK of affordable housing in Honiton has prompted a town council focus group to set the wheels in motion for a lobby campaign - even though it recognises there is a lack of identified development sites.Honiton Town Council last week formally adopted the group's proposal to lobby East Devon District Council to "cascade funds for housing development in the district".Town councillors want to hold at least twice yearly "information sharing" events with the districts housing enabler and a representative from Devon and Cornwall Housing Association.A new working group is being proposed to liaise with neighbouring parishes and Honiton Development Trust.A model used by LymeForward, in West Dorset, is the suggested format of a new housing strategy for Honiton.One of the models explored by Councillor Michael Teare when he visited Lyme Regis was a two-tier development on a car park.One half of the car park was set aside for development, with two-storey parking on the remaining land.


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