Time running out to bid for £163m Housing Fund

Time is running out for Community Groups in Bassetlaw to bid for a share of a £163 million pound Community Housing Fund that could help to boost affordable housing for local people.

The Government has created the Community Housing Fund to help local people build their own homes, play a leading role in solving local housing problems and create affordable housing projects that will specifically benefit the community.

Communities who would like to apply for the first phase of funding can get assistance from Bassetlaw District Council, but must meet the deadline of 31st December 2019 for new applications.

Community led housing means that people from a local community can work together to develop new housing, or refurbish or convert existing buildings. The groups can plan and build the project themselves, or they can work with a development partner.

Cllr Jo White, Cabinet Member for Economic Development, said: “We are asking community groups to get in touch with us and begin the process of laying the foundations of more affordable housing in our district.  

“This funding can help to make communities stronger with local people playing a lasting role and helping to solve local housing problems that cannot be addressed by the private sector.”

The Council is providing assistance for groups who would like to access this funding, initially to cover a number of set-up costs, for example, planning applications, and further applications for funding.

Funding will be available up to March 2020. However, bidders need to submit new applications by 31st December 2019 and any community group wishing to bid for a share of this funding must fulfil strict criteria set out by Homes England, who are administering the fund.

For full details of the project, visit the Community Housing Fund of www.gov.uk or contact Ellie Dennis, Community-led Housing Officer at Bassetlaw District Council email: ellie.dennis@bassetlaw.gov.uk.

Last Updated on Thursday, December 19, 2019