Beaminster affordable housing scheme removes local-buyers requirement

Beaminster affordable housing scheme removes local-buyers requirement

Published by George Sharpe at 1:00pm 11th October 2019. (Updated at 1:01pm 11th October 2019)

Non-locals will be able to benefit from shared-ownership properties in the 38-home scheme.

  • The homes are planned for the former Clipper Tea site.
  • It's been done to allow all of the homes to be classed as 'affordable', thanks to government funding.
  • Aster Homes says it will further enable local families to buy homes in the area.

The homes are planned for the landmark former Clipper Tea site, on the north side of Broadwindsor Road.

Developer, Aster, says it’s to ensure it gets government funding for properties meaning that all of the homes on the site will be affordable.

Previously, only 35% of them would be classed ‘affordable’.

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The Government won’t fund shared ownership properties under its Shared Ownership and Affordable Housing Programme if local prioritisation or eligibility criteria are applied.

Aster applied for the change to its Section 106 agreement, which was agreed by members of Dorset Council’s western and southern planning committee.

Cllr David Walsh, Dorset Council Portfolio Holder for Planning, said:

“Agreeing to this modification will ensure that all homes on this site are classified as affordable rather than just 35 per cent as required under planning policies.

“The committee accepted the need to make this site viable with the maximum funding possible from Homes England and the benefits a wholly affordable development would bring.”

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Cllr Graham Carr-Jones, Dorset Council Portfolio Holder for Housing, said:

“There are many people, especially young families, struggling to get into a home of their own especially in our rural towns and villages.

“The council’s Opening Doors programme exists to help these type of people and I look forward to seeing work start in Beaminster.”

Amanda Williams, Group development director from Aster Group, said:

“We’re delighted to be able to progress this site as a wholly affordable scheme and help more people in the community. It’s not only fantastic news for all of Beaminster, but most importantly, for local families and those in vital need of affordable housing.

 “We look forward to seeing the site develop and will work closely with the council and Opening Doors to ensure local people are fully aware of the properties available at the site.”