Tuesday, 01 December 2020

Residents call for ‘affordable’ new homes

RESIDENTS of Goring want more affordable housing in the village.

RESIDENTS of Goring want more affordable housing in the village.

A survey was sent to 1,400 households in January as part of a consultation on Goring’s neighbourhood plan.

The plan’s steering group says that of the responses received so far, the “vast majority” say new homes should cost between £125,000 and £500,000.

Spokesman David Bermingham said: “In the current scheme of things, that price range would be classed as ‘affordable’.

“We’re finding some responses are from older residents who face downsizing and want affordable retirement housing while others come from people who want their children to stay in Goring when they grow up.”

The plan, which is being drafted by the volunteer steering group under the parish council’s supervision, will name the sites where 86 new homes must go by 2027 to meet national targets and set policies on the type of housing that is needed.

It will be legally binding if it passes a referendum next summer.

The steering group has asked landowners with development plots to come forward and is accepting submissions until the end of this month. So far, it says 10 are on the table.

Next month the group will conduct another survey asking householders to rank criteria for choosing new housing sites. The results will decide which sites are chosen for the first draft. 

On Saturday, more than 300 people attended an exhibition at the village hall to see how the plan was progressing. There will be another exhibition at the hall on April 16 from 10am until 5pm.

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