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Government awards Eden £938,000 affordable housing boost

Eden District Council has been awarded £938,640 from the government’s Community Housing Fund. The money granted from this Fund aims to create more housing in areas where the impact of second homes is particularly acute and housing prices outstrip local household incomes.

Eden District Council’s Leader, Councillor Kevin Beaty, said: “We are delighted that our bid to the government’s Community Housing Fund has been successful. We will be working on proposals for how we can best use this funding straightaway and we hope to bring these before a meeting of full Council in due course.”

The government’s £60 million Community Housing Fund aims to enable local communities to deliver affordable housing units of mixed tenure on sites which may not be of interest to mainstream housing developers and will thereby contribute to the overall national effort to boost housing supply. The funding is allocated between local authorities proportionate to the number of holiday homes in the local area and taking account of the affordability of housing to local people.

Eden District Council’s Housing and Health Portfolio Holder, Councillor Lesley Grisedale, said: “The delivery of new housing is a priority for Eden District Council and this funding is a welcome boost. In Eden, we currently have 945 people seeking social housing through the Cumbria Choice Based Lettings Scheme and around 1,900 second/holiday homes. House prices in Eden are amongst the highest in Cumbria. The average household income in 2012 was £25,458 and average house price £183,866, outstripping household income levels by around 7.2%, making the local housing market inaccessible for many families.”

The £60 million Community Housing Fund will enable capital investment, technical support and revenue to be provided to make more housing schemes viable and significantly increase the number of units coming forward via community groups.

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