North Devon Council has heard how it has helped develop plans for 57 new homes for families in villages throughout North Devon. Lib Dem Housing Spokesperson Nicola Topham says:
”It is sometimes really difficult for local families to afford to live in the village where they grew up and where they may work, support the local school or look after relatives. Through our support for the Community Land Trusts, we are helping to ensure that our villages don’t lose their young people and that they remain as vibrant, sustainable communities"
Various parishes across North Devon have taken advantage of the community-led housing funding over 5 years as a way of providing very much needed and sought after affordable homes for their communities. Four schemes have been identified as having the potential to deliver 57 affordable homes for local people in Parracombe, Lynton/Lynmouth, Mortehoe and Combe Martin, areas where local families often cannot afford housing near to parents and friends. The Council has committed £200,000 to helping to make these schemes become a reality.
Affordable housing in north Devon has always been in high demand and the possible impacts of Covid-19 into the future create more uncertainty for individual and family finances and the ability to secure stable housing. During the last year, North Devon delivered 233 affordable homes and the village schemes would make a huge contribution to local housing need.