REPORT TO PICKMERE PARISH COUNCIL
1st February 2022
AGENDA ITEM 9.10 CEC – AVAILABILITY OF COMMUTED SUMS FOR POSSIBLE AFFORDABLE HOUSING SCHEMES
1.1 A communication has been received from CEC as follows:
Cheshire East Council currently holds several Financial contributions in lieu of affordable housing (Commuted sums) and also has a number of legal agreements (Section 106’s) in place which will increase funding from developers in the future.
Following the approval of the new Policy for Allocation of the Financial Contributions (Commuted sums) in lieu of Affordable Housing funding (copy attached), at the Councils new Economy and Growth Committee in September 2021, we are writing to all Town and Parish Councils within the borough, to find out whether you are aware of any local projects or development sites that would meet the priorities within the policy and be suitable to receive Commuted sum funding.
We particularly want to bring forward affordable housing in high priority areas, that have not already been met through the affordable housing provision and will prioritise the housing needs of residents highlighted in the Council’s Housing Strategy 2018-2023, including the development of:
• The right mix of affordable housing needed by the community.
• Additional temporary accommodation for people who have become homeless.
• Empty properties to bring them back into use.
• Specialist housing, e.g. for families with disabilities or for older people.
• Rural accommodation to enable people to continue to reside within their local communities.
To ensure the creation of mixed tenure affordable housing meets the needs of the whole community and ensures the appropriate use of the Commuted funds funding
Please contact me if you have any suitable projects or sites that you think would be appropriate for Commuted sum funding to develop additional affordable housing in your local community.
Your assistance would be much appreciated, as it will help ensure that the Commuted sum contributions are allocated fairly, in-line with the council’s priorities for affordable housing to help people in areas of affordable housing need.
1.2 Your Clerk is not aware of any potential housing sites or properties in the parish, nor Council-owned land, where a scheme of housing to meet any of the above needs might be considered. However, should any such land or property be identified, it could be forwarded to CEC.
2.1 That the report be noted and any suggestions be forwarded to CEC.
Clerk to the Parish Council