An Affordable Home

Image_house_buildingLate in that day last Tuesday week I popped along to the Lakenheath Parish Council who were holding a public meeting or as it turned out, more a Parish Council meeting where the public were allowed to observe and make comment on the matters being discussion at the end of the meeting but with no response from the Parish Council, local democracy in action, quite bizarre to watch and listen to. The subject was the number of planning applications submitted in Lakenheath to take up the FHDC Adopted Core Strategy allocations for the village. Surprisingly only 21 residents out of population of about 4,000 turned up to what was a widely publicised meeting.

Beyond frustration at the lack of actual debate on the evening what came across was real concern about the facilities that need to follow from new homes being proposed for the village. For me over the course of the past 2 or 3 years this has been discussed at FHDC and over my time as a Councillor in Lakenheath itself I have heard from a number of people who want to have a home of their own in their village and thus would welcome the new affordable housing element development will bring so young people from the village will be able to get a roof over their head.

Lakenheath is not a particularly high priced property location but it’s a local market condition due to the USAF bases here that the lowest market rental price for homes is well above what it should be and many younger people have to move out of the area to be able to afford to rent their first home, so more affordable homes for local people will of course be very welcome. Whatever is decided about where new homes will be built as a Councillor I will be working with the many different organisations to make sure the village benefits and facilities grow to accommodate the new housing.

About askcolinnoble
I'm a Conservative politician-lite, I dabble a bit in Party Politics with my main focus of working hard and being a strong voice for my community making sure local government delivers quality services and fellow residents get value for money for their hard earned money they pay in Council tax | Where this Gravatar appears and I am expressing my views or liking something I do so in a personal capacity and does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of Suffolk County Council, Forest Heath District Council, the Conservative Party or come to think of it anyone else | But having said the above at an election time and to stay legal, anything I write is promoted by Lance Stanbury on behalf of Colin Noble, both at West Suffolk Conservative Association, Park Farm Cottage, Fordham St. Genevieve, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk IP28 6TS

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