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Plans approved for two more affordable homes in Bentham

Craven District Council has been given the go-ahead to build two affordable homes in Lakeber Drive, Bentham.

The land is currently an underused garage site, surrounded by existing housing, and the plans include two one-bedroom properties, with solar panels, electric vehicle charging points, and two parking spaces. 

The scheme was approved by Craven District Council’s planning committee at an online meeting on September 28.

Last month the Council was also given the go-ahead to build four affordable homes on council-owned land off Duke Street in Bentham.

Councillor Richard Foster, Leader of Craven District Council, said: “I’m really pleased that we have been given the go-ahead to build even more much-needed affordable homes.

“We know there is a need for affordable housing within Craven, and shared ownership housing is become more and more popular. Around 150 households have currently registered an interest in shared ownership housing in the district, and this number is growing.  

“These new shared ownership homes will also help generate revenue to support council services for our residents and businesses. The development will also improve the landscape of this dilapidated site, improving the area for existing residents.”

Shared ownership allows shares of between 25% and 75% to be purchased initially, with a deposit of only 5% on that share and a subsidised rent payable on the rest.

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