36 households will be living in temporary accommodation in Purbeck this Christmas and 30 of them have dependent children.This has increased from Christmas 2016, when 29 Purbeck households were living in temporary accommodation.
Currently, there are 615 households on the Council’s housing register. With only 135 housing association homes built in Purbeck since 2012, the district is not keeping up with demand.
Therefore, the Council has to find temporary solutions to ensure people have a roof over their head.
Councillor Laura Miller, Housing Portfolio Holder, for Purbeck District Council, said: “With families being made homeless and a shortage of housing association homes we are having to place increasing numbers of people in temporary accommodation.
“Many people think if you are homeless you are sleeping rough on the streets. However, there are families living in short-term accommodation who do not have anywhere to call home this Christmas.”
Councillor Miller continued: “People often lose their home through no fault of their own, for example their landlord has decided to sell up. This has a significant impact as people often have to move away from families and support networks, incurring additional costs getting to and from work and putting children into a new school.
“The Council’s Housing Needs team works hard to provide accommodation for people but struggles to keep up with the demand for homes in an area where few affordable homes are available to rent.”
The Council works with housing associations enable more affordable homes to become available to rent. The Council also offers loans to owners of empty properties so they can be made into habitable homes. It also helps prospective tenants secure a home through financial support. See further details.
Voluntary organisations are also helping to ease the pressure by collecting food, gifts, furniture and money to help people without somewhere to call home this Christmas.
Councillor Miller continued: “We are so grateful for all the work local organisations do to help people vulnerably housed people, especially at Christmas.”
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Work has begun to transform two former garage sites at Melbourne Road and Tensing Road in Christchurch into much-needed new affordable homes.
Sovereign Housing Association has been working with Christchurch Borough Council to get this scheme through planning which on completion will provide seven much needed new homes for shared ownership to the borough.
Representatives from Sovereign and the borough council attended site to meet development contractor, Drew Construction Ltd for an official ground-breaking last week (11 December) to mark the start of development.
Helen Hann, Sovereign’s Divisional Director, said: “We’ve consulted with the local community throughout planning and are really pleased to be working with Christchurch Borough Council on this new development – both of whom have been really supportive. I’m looking forward to seeing the transformation take place and welcoming residents into their new homes next year.”
Cllr Peter Hall, Chairman of Resources Committee, Christchurch Borough Council said “Building affordable housing is vital for local people and so I’m very pleased to see the commencement of this small development.
“It’s especially positive to see this unused space is now making way for brand new homes for people in this popular area of Christchurch.”
On completion four two-bedroom and three four-bedroom houses will provide much needed affordable homes for the borough’s residents. With all seven homes for sale through shared ownership they will offer a valuable first step on the property ladder for residents otherwise priced out of the property market.
Paul Gillard, Project Director at Drew Construction Ltd commented: “We are very pleased to be working on this project for Sovereign. As a local Main Contractor we understand the importance of providing high quality affordable housing for local people and will ensure that the majority of our supply chain is also sourced from the area.”
The new development received planning permission in 2016.
Completion of the new homes is expected in summer 2018.
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The former candle factory site on Bank Close in Christchurch Town Centre is now being offered for sale or to let by tender.
The site poses an opportunity in a compact town centre site at one of the ‘gateways’ into the High Street from a popular car park with a high footfall.
The former candle factory site is made up of two buildings around a small yard area. A range of potential uses will be considered for the former candle factory site, subject to planning approvals.A great opportunity
Ashley Harman, Projects and Estates Manager, Christchurch and East Dorset Councils, said: “This offers a great opportunity for someone looking for a property in a prime town centre location. Subject to planning permission, the site could be used for a range of ventures.
“We look forward to receiving tenders for this site.”
This well located site has been previously used as a Post Office sorting office, a candle factory, and has recently been used as a storage facility.
The tender documents will be available online in the New Year and the deadline for tenders to be returned to Christchurch Borough Councils is Monday 12 February 2018 at 10am.Contact us
For more information and viewings please contact the Christchurch and East Dorset Councils Estates Team:
Phone: 01202 795000
Further information and Tender documents will be available online at: www.christchurchcandlefactory.wordpress.com
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Future DorsetChristchurch councillors will be asked to consider a recommendation from the Local Government Reorganisation Task and Finish Group at its Extraordinary Full Council meeting on 2 January 2018.
The recommendation sets out that the council make a representation to the Secretary of State setting out a proposal that the Boroughs of Bournemouth and Poole become a single unitary authority and that the rest of Dorset remain as a two-tier structure.
If approved, councillors will also request additional time to fully work up this proposal for the Secretary of State to consider.
The representation drafted by councillors states that the council believes that rather than implementing two new large and remote unitary councils there is greater strength in developing a mixed approach to the way services are delivered.The key elements the alternative proposal includes are:
- A single unitary for Bournemouth and Poole
- An extension of the local authority trading company approach taken for all adult services across Dorset
- A comprehensive Combined Authority for Dorset
- Shared service collaborations for all other services
Should all of these elements be adopted, Christchurch Borough Council estimates that savings of £29.9m per annum, the same as those put forward in the Future Dorset model, could be achieved.
Cllr David Flagg, Leader of the Council, Christchurch Borough Council, said: “The results of the local poll in Christchurch clearly demonstrated that our residents do not want to be part of a new authority with Bournemouth and Poole.
“The task and finish group considered a number of alternative options we could recommend to Full Council on 2 January. However, based on the key policy the council made in January 2017, that we wish to retain our sovereignty moving forward, we believe that the alternative proposal recommended presents a credible alternative that, if approved, we hope the Secretary of State will take time to consider.”
The agenda, including covering report and draft representation can be viewed online. The Extraordinary Full Council meeting takes place on 2 January 2018 at 6pm at Civic Offices, Bridge Street, Christchurch.
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Establishing the amount of housing development needed to meet future needs is an important part of the planning process. It helps to ensure that we can plan for the required levels of housing within our area to keep our communities vibrant. We are currently planning for 285 homes per year but evidence suggests that we should be planning for 366 homes per year. Do you agree with identifying additional land for residential development?2. We want your opinion on where new development should be located
Our current strategy focuses new development at our four main towns. These are Blandford (Forum and St Mary), Gillingham, Shaftesbury, and Sturminster Newton. We are considering whether Stalbridge, our fifth largest town, also has the potential to accommodate a limited scale of growth. Do you agree with this approach?3. We’re considering extra employment land at Blandford
Our evidence suggests that the amount of employment land available at Blandford has fallen to approximately 3.5 hectares and consists of a mixture of smaller parcels of land. On this basis, we believe that there is likely to be a need to allocate more employment land in Blandford. Do you agree? Do you consider that there is a need to allocate additional employment land in any other part(s) of North Dorset.4. Affordable Housing – Exception Sites
Exception sites are sites for affordable housing which would not normally gain approval for open market housing. At the moment, rural exception sites are limited to nine dwellings. These are only permitted within or adjoining the built-up area of villages and Stalbridge.
We’re considering removing the rule that rural exception sites should be limited to nine dwellings in total. We’re also considering allowing exception sites to come forward next to the towns of Blandford, Gillingham, Shaftesbury and Sturminster Newton. What is your view?
Currently, there is land identified and safeguarded for the Shaftesbury Outer Bypass and the Charlton Marshall and Spetisbury Bypass. We want your views. Should this land continue to be identified and safeguarded?
All of the above information and more is available in our Issues and Options Consultation Document. Find out more information and have your say.
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