Affordable homes for Sleights?

RESIDENTS are being asked for their views on an affordable housing project which would see ten new houses built in Sleights.

A public consultation open day on the issue will be held at the village hall on Tuesday 6 November, 2pm-7pm, where plans and information showing the proposed scheme will be available.

Home Group Housing Association in association with Eskdaleside-cum-Ugglebarnby parish council, the North York Moors National Park Authority and the Scarborough Rural Housing Enabler has organised the event.

A parish housing needs survey carried out in November 2011 showed there was a housing need for affordable homes for local households within the parish.

The survey indicated that a small development of up to 10 properties, with predominantly two and three bedroom homes would go towards meeting the need identified within the parish.

Coun Tim Lawn, Scarborough Borough Council member for Esk Valley and also a member of Eskdaleside-cum-Ugglebarnby Parish Council said: “I am regularly contacted by local people from Sleights who are in housing need and who are simply unable to afford to buy property in the village.”

A spokesperson for SBC said if the proposal for 10 two and three bedroom homes has the support of the community then affordable homes for local people can be built to help some of those people in need.

All the homes must go to people who have a strong local connection to the Eskdaleside-cum-Ugglebarnby parish.