It’s clear that more housing is needed, as part of the national drive to address shortages.
However this also raises questions and challenges:
We are particularly concerned about the need for more social housing – that is, homes let by housing associations for social rents.
Mendip District Council’s policy is that 30% of new housing should be ‘affordable’ and 24% social rented, but in practice developers have been allowed to provide considerably less.
FHfF has been publicizing these issues via media articles and public meetings, scrutinizing planning proposals, and campaigning for quality social housing that is well designed and properly integrated. To see our response to the Selwood Garden Village consulation, click here.
We have also led on the creation of the Frome Area Community Land Trust, which aims to build new genuinely affordable housing that will be available in perpetuity for local people.
Every three weeks it hosts a Planning Advisory Group, which consists of FTC staff and town councillors and is open to the general public.
FHfF always needs more volunteers to assist in this area.
If you’d like to help out, for example by monitoring new planning developments or by helping to publicise these issues, please drop us a line on firstname.lastname@example.org
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