Exciting opportunity to build eight truly affordable properties in Kemble
Release date: 18 February 2019
Cotswold District Council’s Cabinet has approved funding to investigate the setting up and running of a Housing Trust to supply affordable housing, in conjunction with Kemble and Ewen Parish Council
The District Council currently owns the freehold for the site, which has been let to the Parish Council since 2012. Both parties have agreed that a portion of the land should be developed to accommodate eight housing units (subject to planning permission).
After considering several options for the residential development, CDC has decided to recommend a community-led approach through a Housing Trust to ensure that the units will be truly affordable. This now paves the way for the District Council to progress detailed work on a business case which will result in the submission of a planning application for consideration.
Commenting on the way forward, Cllr Nick Parsons, CDC Cabinet Member for Forward Planning, said,
“It’s good to know that we are on the way to providing some much needed housing for the local community in Kemble, while also ensuring that the remainder of the land parcel in Station Road will be designated for Local Green Space use. It has taken considerable time and effort to get to this stage, and I am confident that we can now move forward with a planning application as soon as practicable.”
Roger Pettit, Chairman of Kemble and Ewen Parish Council commented,
"Encouraging progress has been achieved through working together with the District Council to settle a future for Kemble Community Gardens. Their suggestion of a Housing Trust initiative is a further positive step which will enable the Parish Council to have a voice in the management of the affordable housing development in the best interests of our residents. In addition, maintaining a substantial undeveloped area to be transferred to our ownership will enable us to continue to offer a community garden and green space for the benefit of all."