New affordable homes help keep local people in Blyton

Date published: 21 June 2019
Blyton Homes

Five new homes for affordable rent with wonderful rural views will soon be on offer in Blyton.

The five homes are part of a 19-house development being provided by Ongo Homes, the largest provider of social housing in North Lincolnshire. This is the first time Ongo Homes have delivered housing for sale on the open market and are doing so in conjunction with local developer T.G Sowerby. 

Thirteen of the 14 properties available to purchase have already been reserved by home buyers.

Backing onto stunning views of the Lincolnshire countryside, the 5 new properties provide an opportunity for those in need of affordable housing to stay in high-quality accommodation in Blyton, rather than moving to properties in nearby towns.

This is the first time a new development in Blyton has included any element of affordable housing for a number of years. This offers an exciting opportunity for people registered with West Lindsey Home Choice who have a local connection to the village as they will be given priority to occupy the two-bedroom properties, once they are completed in late August.

West Lindsey District Councillor Lesley Rollings, of Scotter and Blyton Ward, welcomed the development as a great addition to the area. She said: “Blyton will really benefit from this development. The homes for affordable rent give people in need of housing the opportunity to stay in the area. It is projects like this, which support our vision to ensure everyone has access to good quality housing, which meets their housing need and aspiration.”-

West Lindsey District Council has worked closely with Ongo throughout all stages of the project, including Home Choices, Housing, Planning and Building Control.

David Bishop, Ongo’s Employers Agent for the development, commended the collaborative efforts between West Lindsey District Council and Ongo.

He said: “The West Lindsey District Council’s planning team were helpful in providing us with ideas for the development. Together these homes are an example of great place making, something which is central to the ethos of both Ongo and West Lindsey District Council.”

Martin Phillips, Ongo’s Development Manager, believes this development is a fine example of successful partnerships between housing providers and local authorities.

He said: “This is only our second time working in West Lindsey, but we have been impressed by the level of support provided by the Council to ensure a successful build. Work is going well so far and we expect the development to be completed in late August.”

The homes for affordable rent are available to households whose needs cannot be met by the housing market. These properties will be let through the Choice Based Lettings (CBL) scheme called West Lindsey Home Choice. Properties are advertised through this scheme as they are nearing completion. 

Rachel Parkin, Home Choices Team Manager at West Lindsey District Council explained that in order for people to be able to bid for or express an interest in the Blyton properties, they need to be registered with the council.

She said: “We would urge people to contact the Home Choices team through the West Lindsey Home Choice website. The team will assess applications and decide whether people are eligible for social housing and give a priority banding. Individuals will be given a username and password to enable them to log onto the system.

“Properties are advertised on weekly bidding cycles and which start on Tuesday night at midnight and close the following Monday night at midnight.  It is up to the applicant to check the listings regularly to look for a home to meet their needs.”

How the scheme works:

  • When you find a suitable home you can make a ‘bid’ or express an interest through the website or sometimes on the phone.

  • When the advert closes the bids are shortlisted and checked.

  • Each property is usually offered to the bidder with the highest banding and therefore assessed as being in the greatest housing need.

  • There are instances however, where properties have a local connection criteria and priority is given to people with a local connection to the location of the property. This is detailed in the advert.

  • If your bid is successful you will be contacted by the housing association who owns the property who will set up an interview. If it goes well they will offer you the property and arrange for you to view it.

To register and see details of properties available visit: West Lindsey Home Choice

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