More than 50 new affordable homes are to be built at sites across the district, providing local people with access to quality new homes for rent or shared ownership.
The homes will be built at sites in Chilcompton, Pilton and Evercreech and are the result of partnership working between Mendip District Council, local parish councils, registered housing providers and established local contractors.
The three sites are:
- Chilcompton (Lewis Close) – 10 new affordable homes being provided by social housing provider Stonewater. Six of the new homes will be for rent and four will be available for purchase through shared ownership.
- Pilton (Maggie’s Farm) – 13 affordable homes being provided through the Guinness Trust. All the homes will be for rent to local people and are being built on land gifted by Glastonbury Festival’s Michael Eavis.
- Evercreech (land off Maesdown Road) – 30 affordable homes being provided in partnership with social housing provider Stonewater. There will be 20 homes to rent and 10 available for purchase through shared ownership.
The developments at Chilcompton and Pilton are already under way, with work in Evercreech set to begin in January 2017.
All of the new homes will be available for local people who can prove they have local connections to the area. To qualify, applicants must have a strong local connection to the village, preferably by already having lived in that area, or have family associations in the village.
Nina Richards, Affordable Housing Officer at Mendip District Council, said: “There are big challenges in delivering affordable housing, especially rural schemes, and these three new developments are the result of the district and local parish councils working alongside our housing development partners, who build good quality homes and provide long term management support for our residents.
“Mendip is working hard to provide affordable housing across the district and doing what we can to help local people remain in their local community.”
Cllr Nigel Woollcombe-Adams, Portfolio Holder for Planning, Growth and Housing Services, said: “The combination of delivering good quality, sensitively designed affordable houses for rent and shared ownership will make a huge difference for those who live and work in these villages and will help create a lasting community.
“The issue of affordable housing in Mendip is a key priority for the council and we will continue to work hard to bring forward other affordable housing schemes across the district.”