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Minchinhampton consultation on affordable homes

Local people are being asked to comment on proposals to build 20 new affordable homes in Minchinhampton. In March, Stroud District Council employed town planning consultants Savills to identify the most appropriate sites on which to build new homes. Two preferred sites have now been identified.

Cllr Frances Roden, Deputy Leader and Stroud District Council's Cabinet Member for Housing, said:

"Figures from last year show that the average salary in the district was only 20,717, whilst house prices were over 250,000 - so there's a desperate need for affordable homes in areas such as Minchinhampton."

Two adjacent sites, next to the Bulwarks , have been selected as the best locations in terms of being "suitable, available and achievable" for the development of affordable housing.

The new homes will be built by a housing association rather than the council, and dates have been set for local people to help inform the design of any such housing development. The design consultation events will be held at the Porch Rooms, Minchinhampton and will run from 2pm-7pm on Friday 7th November 2008, and 10am-3pm on Saturday 8th November 2008.

Cllr Roden added:

"The consultation event will enable local residents to meet with the architects and talk to them about the layout of the proposed development."

Following the consultation events, architects will finalise the initial designs and Savills will prepare an outline planning application which is expected to be submitted at the start of 2009. A formal statutory consultation period will then follow.

Posted : 04/11/2008 01:55:25

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