Public land may ease home crisis in village

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PLANS are being drawn up to use council-owned land to provide more affordable housing in a property hotspot on the Yorkshire coast.

A chronic shortage of homes in Seamer has seen only three properties classed as social housing advertised for rent in the village, near Scarborough, since last year, with each one attracting more than 90 bids. Scarborough Borough Council is now launching a consultation with residents over moves to use land owned by the authority in the village for affordable housing.

The cabinet portfolio holder for public health and housing, Coun Bill Chatt, said: “There are high levels of affordable housing need across the borough and we have been looking at various ways of bringing forward more land for affordable housing development to meet that need.”

A consultation event will be staged on Monday next week to discuss plans to use land off Scarborough Road for up to 30 new affordable homes, although the proposals are in the initial stages.

The drop-in session will be held at Seamer and Irton War Memorial Hall from 2pm to 7pm. It follows a decision by the council earlier in the year to carry out consultations on the land. The outcome of the consultation will be fed back to the council’s cabinet in the new year when a decision will be made on whether to release it for development.

The Yorkshire Post revealed in September that politicians had warned the breadth of the affordable housing crisis gripping the region’s rural communities is widening as more householders face losing their homes amid the economic slump.

Councils are struggling to ensure adequate numbers of affordable properties are built to address what is now deemed to be one of the most pressing issues faced by local authorities. The problems are often being most keenly felt in isolated communities, where there is no scope for building large housing developments.

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