Cheap housing plans in Constable Country

Cheap housing plans in Constable Country

Cheap housing plans in Constable Country

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A DEVELOPER has hatched a plan for much-needed affordable housing in the heart of Constable Country.

Hills Building Group, based in Brook Street, Colchester, wants to build a mixture of private and affordable homes in Manningtree Road, Dedham.

It has held talks with Dedham Parish Council and is due to submit a planning application to Colchester Council next month.

The parish council drew up a plan three years ago, which recognised the need for more affordable housing in the posh village, where the average three-bedroom home costs £400,000.

Sheila Beeton, chairman, said: “We are generally supportive of a development, which will incorporate affordable housing, subject to proper consultation when we receive the detailed proposals.”

The cheapest property on the market in Dedham is around £230,000 for a two-bed terrace home.

Georgina Simpson, assistant branch manager at Abbotts estate agents on Dedham High Street, said most of the enquiries it receives are for properties worth more than £400,000.

She said: “If something affordable came up, I think it would drawmore people into the village.

“You are also going to bring young families into the village, as there is such a fantastic school.”

There is already affordable housing in Manningtree Road and Long Road West. Hills Building Group will hold an exhibition of its plans at the Duchy Barn, in High Street, Dedham, on Tuesday, September 9, at 3pm and 7pm.

Representatives from the developer and Colne Housing, which would manage the affordable housing, will be on hand to answer questions.

 

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7:08pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Suffolkcommuter says...

The locals will LOVE this!
The locals will LOVE this! Suffolkcommuter
  • Score: 8

7:13pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Zaffre says...

Sadly, as someone who works long hours on the more 'typical' salary, I don't think that any house prices can be called 'cheap' or 'affordable' in this area - not even under the usual schemes.
Sadly, as someone who works long hours on the more 'typical' salary, I don't think that any house prices can be called 'cheap' or 'affordable' in this area - not even under the usual schemes. Zaffre
  • Score: 4

12:07am Sat 16 Aug 14

Boris says...

Has anyone ever defined "affordable", in the context of housing? I don't think so. But if someone knows what it means, could they please explain here?
Has anyone ever defined "affordable", in the context of housing? I don't think so. But if someone knows what it means, could they please explain here? Boris
  • Score: 5

4:01pm Sat 16 Aug 14

InspectorMontalbano says...

Affordable Housing ?
Social Housing ?
How many of so these so called affordable housing deals are a caveat arranged third party deal, with some rackmanite investor ie they lend you some of the deposit money and then you present yourself as a single or a couple applicant, to one of the state funded schemes.
An old friend of mine on disability was called in some time ago, by a fraud investigation unit, they were asked who was funding them to buy their local authority home ?
Now if they are asking questions and interviewing applicants in that remit, than people in the private sector on schemes should be going through the same rigmarole and scrutiny surely ?
Social or Affordable housing in leafy Dedham for the locals not as trees are green in this world I am afraid.
Why would they want housing that devalues their little empires ?
Eventually the blue bloods will sell social housing off to parry with the other properties in the area, thus keeping the chance of blue blood status and votes.
Affordable housing once sold in its first sale, no longer becomes affordable housing anymore, it then takes on the status of expensive housing.
Thus the vicious circle starts all over again, nose chasing the tail and so on.
I suppose it is a chance for some so take it !
Affordable Housing ? Social Housing ? How many of so these so called affordable housing deals are a caveat arranged third party deal, with some rackmanite investor ie they lend you some of the deposit money and then you present yourself as a single or a couple applicant, to one of the state funded schemes. An old friend of mine on disability was called in some time ago, by a fraud investigation unit, they were asked who was funding them to buy their local authority home ? Now if they are asking questions and interviewing applicants in that remit, than people in the private sector on schemes should be going through the same rigmarole and scrutiny surely ? Social or Affordable housing in leafy Dedham for the locals not as trees are green in this world I am afraid. Why would they want housing that devalues their little empires ? Eventually the blue bloods will sell social housing off to parry with the other properties in the area, thus keeping the chance of blue blood status and votes. Affordable housing once sold in its first sale, no longer becomes affordable housing anymore, it then takes on the status of expensive housing. Thus the vicious circle starts all over again, nose chasing the tail and so on. I suppose it is a chance for some so take it ! InspectorMontalbano
  • Score: 5

10:10pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Im_Like_HELLO says...

There needs to be strict rules on who buys and sells these houses as otherwise they'll just be snapped up by the filthy rich as second homes.
There needs to be strict rules on who buys and sells these houses as otherwise they'll just be snapped up by the filthy rich as second homes. Im_Like_HELLO
  • Score: 0

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