New social housing development scheme opened in Windermere

A NEW social housing development in Windermere is set to help address South Lakeland’s acute shortage of affordable rented property.

South Lakes Housing has just completed the new development at School Knott – the first development of new affordable housing in Windermere since 2006.

The development has been a joint project with South Lakeland District Council and was officially opened on Friday by South Lakes Housing board chairman Mary Dowling and South Lakeland District Council Leader Peter Thornton.

Unpopular bedsits in the neighbourhood have been converted into nine family homes and two bungalows. The properties will accommodate nine families and two single people who between them have been on the waiting list for social housing for 19 years.

Coun Jonathan Brook, SLDC’s Housing and Development Portfolio Holder, said: “The School Knott housing scheme is just the type of development we want to encourage to help meet the significant need for new affordable housing throughout our area. I hope those who remain on the waiting list for social housing will take some comfort from this small step today."

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12:38am Mon 10 Dec 12

JoshTheDog says...

As I understand it the "unpopular bedsits" were sheltered housing for elderly people.

Why were the bedsits unpopular?

How many people remain on the wiating list for social housing in Windermere?

How much did South Lakeland District Council invest in the re-development and what proportion was this of the total cost?

Once again more questions than answers!
As I understand it the "unpopular bedsits" were sheltered housing for elderly people. Why were the bedsits unpopular? How many people remain on the wiating list for social housing in Windermere? How much did South Lakeland District Council invest in the re-development and what proportion was this of the total cost? Once again more questions than answers! JoshTheDog

8:34am Mon 10 Dec 12

hogheaven says...

It will probably turn out that the amount invested by SLDC (our taxpayers money) would cover the cost of purchasing existing housing stock in the area without the need to meddle in private sector housing. There never will be any affordable housing in the lakes it was sold at huge discounts to existing tenants years ago thanks Mrs Thatcher
It will probably turn out that the amount invested by SLDC (our taxpayers money) would cover the cost of purchasing existing housing stock in the area without the need to meddle in private sector housing. There never will be any affordable housing in the lakes it was sold at huge discounts to existing tenants years ago thanks Mrs Thatcher hogheaven

9:46am Mon 10 Dec 12

zaney5 says...

The only way there may be enough houses for local people is by stopping all the 2nd home owners. And even then, how many local people would be able to afford one?
The only way there may be enough houses for local people is by stopping all the 2nd home owners. And even then, how many local people would be able to afford one? zaney5

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