- One of the key findings was the large number of Bude-Stratton residents who are potentially in need of affordable housing, but who are NOT registered with either Homechoice or Help to Buy South.
- Crucially, households are not eligible to bid on affordable homes until they are listed on either of these registers.
- Additionally, the total number of households on these registers at any one time provides vital information regarding the housing situation in Bude-Stratton to decision makers at County level. This can have a real impact on policy direction when it comes to planning matters, so it’s worth signing up even if you feel access to your own affordable house seems a long way off.
BSTC also agreed to use the survey in the planning process to evidence the need for smaller units and object to developments of predeminantly large (4-bed) housing units, and to continue to explore the Community Land Trust idea.
Further information and contact details for affordable housing in Cornwall can be accessed via the Cornwall Council website HERE
Bude-Stratton Town Council declared a housing emergency in 2021 due to the lack of affordable housing available to its residents. Whilst BSTC is not the statutory housing authority and has no direct powers on the matter, it does seek to use its influence to alleviate the situation.
BSTC worked closely with Cornwall Council in the production of the Bude-Stratton Housing Needs Survey and is continuing to analyse the results. The BSTC Lead Councillor for Housing is Cllr Viki Herbert-Coulson, and you can email her HERE