Affordable housing scheme moves a step closer

The Duke of Lancaster Housing Trust – set up by The Duchy of Lancaster to invest in and administer affordable, residential accommodation for local residents – has agreed a lease with Ribble Valley Homes for its rural affordable housing scheme in Dunsop Bridge.

Located on two sites identified as part of a community consultation exercise in 2008, the completed development will comprise a total of 12 homes. Registered Social Landlord Ribble Valley Homes will be responsible for selecting and interviewing tenants, then managing the properties, which are all due for completion in February 2012.

The scheme is being built to Level 3 of the Code for Sustainable Homes, the national Lifetime Homes Standard and the Duchy’s own design residential code ensuring a sympathetic design and use of traditional materials.

Christine Grimshaw, managing director of Ribble Valley Homes, said: “This is a fantastic scheme that is much needed in Dunsop Bridge. There’s currently nothing else in the area that offers affordable homes of this quality and size. All of the houses have fantastic views, a private garden, three bedrooms and two bathrooms, so there is plenty of space for up to five people.

“We will be holding regular surgeries to discuss the properties with potential applicants the first of which will be on 22nd November in the Village Hall from 6:30pm – 8:30pm. Anyone wishing to apply must either live locally or have a connection with Dunsop Bridge, such as those who’ve had to move away because of a lack of affordable accommodation.

“There’s no doubt that these homes are going to be in high demand, so we would urge anyone that is interested in applying to register their interest as soon as possible.”

Paul Clarke CEO and Clerk of The Duchy of Lancaster added: “Our lease with Ribble Valley Homes marks the start of a process which we hope will help local people of all ages to stay or move back to the village.

“The Duke of Lancaster Housing Trust will be working closely with Christine and her team to help prioritise applications.”

Any prospective tenant wishing to register their interest in the proposed homes, should contact Ribble Valley Homes on 0800 1114448.