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SEATON: New homes appeal widens

Thursday, 04 September 2014

THE Beer Community Land Trust (CLT) is widening its appeal to prospective owners of the seven new houses being built in the village. While a connection with Beer remains paramount – and those details are available on request – CLT spokesman Councillor Geoff Pook wants to ensure that the message gets heard in surrounding villages that the properties, comprising two and three bed houses on the edge of Beer within easy walking distance of the school and shops, are now available. “The first tranche of homes are available to people in Beer who fulfil the need for housing whether shared equity or renting,” said Councillor Pook, who has been driving the project. “The second tranche is for people in the adjoining parishes of Branscombe, Southleigh, Colyton and Seaton as long as they have a Beer connection. “We want to make sure that everyone is aware the houses are available because what we didn’t want is for people to come to us later on and say they didn’t know anything about it.” Pook said interest in the new houses had been considerable but many prospective buyers had been struggling to get the banks to fund a mortgage for a shared equity scheme. “At the moment it looks like we will be renting all seven houses as the kids in the village cannot get the mortgages, but that shouldn’t be a problem,” added Councillor Pook. The Beer CLT was set up at the start of last year to facilitate the development of affordable housing for local people with the slogan ‘owned by the community, for the community’. The CLT was granted a £1million loan via East Devon District Council to help fund the project and then a £170,000 grant from the Homes & Communities Agency. The project, which is being led by Colyton-based Northcott Building Contractors, is currently on schedule and the houses, none of which will be holiday homes, are due to be finished by Christmas. “It is all on target and on budget,” said Councillor Pook. For any further information please contact Geoff Pook either by phone on 07966 490429 or email him at g.pook@outlook. com

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