With the average home in the rural South West costing 13 times local incomes and 90,000 people on waiting lists for social housing across the South West something needs to happen.
This week is Rural Housing Week (24-30 September) and the facts are looking bleak. In the rural South West 81% say families and young people are being priced out of the countryside and 72% agree there is a shortage of affordable housing for local people where they live.
We want to change this. We have an active social housing development programme, which aims to help fill some of these gaps by providing affordable homes for local people to continue living in the same area as their friends and families.
We have applied for planning permission to build 36 much-needed new homes in the village of Clutton. “It is vital that local people are supported to remain in the areas they know and love," says Mike Grist, Curo's Director of Development & Asset Management. "Our plans for the development of 36 new homes in Clutton provide a unique opportunity for local people to have access to homes that they can afford. Our desire at Curo is to create vibrant, mixed developments of homes that will benefit the future sustainability of the areas we build in.”
Our application for development at Clutton is for a groundbreaking scheme. While many national house builders are struggling to provide the 35% affordable housing that is normally required for developments of more than 10 homes, Curo’s proposal is for 19 of the proposed houses to be affordable (53% of the homes).
The application is due to be decided by the Bath and North East Somerset Development Control Committee in October.
Photo: Affordable rural homes built by Curo in West Harptree.