CLT Homes on the Shade site

 

Work is now underway on the CLT homes; these will include 6×1 bed Flats at affordable rents, 1×2 bed and 1×3 bed houses for shared ownership.

All the application forms and further information is available on our website:   go to the “download page”.

The Ecology Building Society is keen to help out people dealing with shared ownership and CLT’s. They have a good understanding of how shared ownership works.   It might be worth looking at them if you are interested in one of the shared ownership properties.

If you would like to join Thrift CLT membership is just £1. Please contact info@thriftsoham.org.uk

September Newsletter

Building work to begin at The Shade

Dear Member

As you may already know, planning permission was granted in February 2017 for the construction of thirteen dwellings, including four houses and nine apartments, on land opposite The Shade and on the corner of Kingfisher Drive. Eight of the homes will be provided as affordable houses for people that are working and living in Soham parish. I am writing to let you know that work is due to commence very shortly.

This community-led housing scheme is the result of a partnership between Thrift Community Land Trust  and Palace Green Homes.  Palace Green Homes is a development company that is wholly owned by East Cambridgeshire District Council. PGH specialise in the delivery of community-led housing schemes and the profits that are made are re-invested back into District Council services that directly benefit local people.

A construction company, E. N. Suiter & Sons, has now been appointed to build the homes and we have agreed with them that work to prepare the site will begin this month. The site has now been cleared with construction fencing erected in readiness of building starting later this month, completion is expected by summer 2018.

The Partnership is committed to ensuring that those who will be most affected by the construction of the homes are kept informed and that we do everything we can to minimise the impacts, such as noise and dust, of the building work. The safety of the site is also of paramount importance due to the proximity of The Shade Primary School. Traffic entering and leaving the site will be carefully managed at all times by personnel. Construction workers’ cabins will be located to the south, away from the vicinity of the school. We will also look where possible to minimise deliveries to site during the school run hours and have written to parents and carers to let them know about work starting on site.

In order to help the development run smoothly we have asked local residents and parents that have been using the unmade track to park their vehicles to find alternative parking. If vehicles are found parked it could restrict our development and we will take appropriate enforcement action to ensure removal of any vehicles.

We are very confident that this development is a great scheme for Soham, delivering much needed affordable homes for local people and tidying up a neglected piece of land in the town. There will inevitably be a degree of disruption during the construction period. However, our commitment is to do our best to manage our work so it causes as little impact as possible, keeping you informed as work progresses.

 

Throughout the construction period we will let you know the progress on the site.  If you have any questions please contact us through the website.

 

 

 

Annual General Meeting evening

The Soham Thrift CLT Annual General Meeting was held in the Towns newly refurbished Pavilion on the 23 March.

Plans of our new development were on display and many people took the opportunity to ask questions.  A total of 12 new members joined the CLT.  Remember it costs just £1 for life membership and give you the right to a voice and a vote within the CLT.  You can sign up on the website.

The work on the site is expected to begin in July, and could be completed by late summer 2018.

Anyone interested in applying for a CLT property should complete the Expression of Interest form on the website.

Click here to view the minutes of the meeting.

Exhibition & 2017 AGM

Thrift Soham LargeThrift CLT for Soham have a public exhibition and information evening, followed by their  AGM, on:

Thursday 23rd March 2017

at the Walter Gidney Pavilion from 7:30pm

Please come along to find out more about the CLT, see what we are working on and become a member for just £1

The AGM will commence at 8pm for members of the CLT

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Green Light For Community Housing Scheme In Soham

On Wednesday 1st February a ground-breaking housing scheme in Soham was given the go ahead by East Cambs. District Council Planning Committee.

This is the first scheme that has gained planning permission as a partnership between East Cambs. District Council’s development company, Palace Green Homes, and a local Community Land Trust (CLT). Thrift CLT for Soham is a local, democratic organisation run entirely by volunteers from the local community. CLTs work to ensure provision of housing which is affordable to, and secured in perpetuity for, local people on local wages.

The developer, Palace Green Homes, is part of the trading company set up by the District Council in April 2016. Palace Green Homes is a specialist in community-led housing and firmly believe that involving the community in the development of new housing delivers real social and economic benefits. They hope to start on site July 2017 for completion in the summer of 2018.

This scheme consists of 13 new homes, from one bed flats to three bed family homes, at The Shade in Soham. Eight of these will be affordable homes, offered for both rental and shared ownership. They will be owned and managed by Thrift CLT on behalf of the community. As well as gaining this valuable community asset, the people of Soham will also benefit as the homes will be reserved for people with strong local connections to the town, who would otherwise be unable to afford suitable accommodation. Chair of the Community Land Trust, Rosemary Aitchison, said

“We feel passionately that those who have strong local connections to our town should be able to afford high-quality, suitable housing. These may be people that grew up here, have family in the town, work here and contribute to the community. These are the people we want to help, whether it be young families just starting out or older people that want to stay in the town in which they have their roots. We hope this development will provide something that the town can be proud of and, as the homes will be retained by the CLT for the benefit of the community forever, leave a real legacy for the town.”

Thrift CLT for Soham are already welcoming Expressions of Interest in the affordable homes. If you, or someone you know, has strong local connections to the town of Soham and is looking for housing then please do get in contact with the CLT via their website www.thriftsoham.org.uk. Any local people are also encouraged to sign up, for just £1, as members to the CLT. This will enable you to keep up to date with the project and have your say as a member of the community in any future projects.

Expression of Interest

Thrift Community Land Trust, (Thrift CLT) has been formed to provide and manage housing and assistance to help house those in need. The Trust aims to build attractive, quality and energy efficient properties that achieve good standards of design and value for money. The homes will be available for either rent or part-purchase using shared ownership, equity sale or re-sale price covenant models, and the Trust is seeking to make sure that the rents and prices that it charges are affordable for local people on local wages. All tenancies will be offered as assured tenancies on a fixed term basis.Thrift-Clear-200

When allocating the new homes, Thrift CLT will make sure that it gives priority to individuals and families that have a strong local connection to Soham and cannot afford local market rents or prices. Although the housing allocations policy has yet to be finalised, it is expected that the following people are likely to be deemed to have a ‘strong local connection’:

  • Someone who currently lives and / or works in Soham;
  • Someone that has previously lived and / or worked in Soham and has established links with Soham by reason of birth and / or long-term immediate family connections;
  • Someone that has an essential need through old age, illness or disability of themselves or of a parent, child, brother or sister to live near such relative or relatives;

Other issues such as existing circumstances, current and future household size will also need to be taken into account when allocating the new homes.

This form is intended to capture initial information about individuals and families that might be interested in occupying one of the new homes to help design and plan the new homes.

This form does NOT constitute a formal application for a CLT home.

All personal information will be kept strictly confidential by the Thrift CLT trustees who will be the principal point of contact with potential applicants. Identifying particulars from this Expression of Interest Form will be removed before any information is shared more widely.