Council Launches Housing Needs Survey

Recently-constructed social housing on Bryher

Your views on housing needs are being sought by the Council following the launch of their first Housing Needs Survey since 2005.

They want your views on affordability of accommodation and what you feel will be future requirements. And they want to know whether you think there should be more housing and, if so, how much.

The council’s chair of Community Services, Richard McCarthy, says they need the response data to support their case for funding when they talk to the Homes and Communities Agency

The council only want islanders to answer and you’ll have to give your address to prove that you’re local.

Richard says potential building sites have been identified, such as an area at Telegraph and the old secondary school site, but even if the need is there, the council will still need to convince the government for building cost subsidies.

He says there are a number of ways schemes could be funded including the use of community land trusts. The beauty of these, says Richard, is that they appear to be able to attract funding more easily than Local Authorities or even Housing Associations because they can permit a mix of self-build and shared ownership options along with rental, but any onward sale automatically goes back to the Trust for allocation.

The 40-question survey is available from the Town Hall reception until 28th September and can also be completed online here.


Community Land Trusts ?

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