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Q. How do I apply to be a prospective tenant?
First you need to register with the Gateway to Home choice (www.gatewaytohomechoice.org.uk) making sure you put on there your local connection and village/parish preference details. When any PVCLT homes become available we will then utilise our allocation policy.
Q. How does the allocation policy work?
The allocation policy for rented property is designed to link with East Suffolk District Council's policy.Those applying from the parishes involved in PVCLT will be given priority for PVCLT owned homes. The allocation policy for shared ownership is being developed.
Q. Are CLTs just about building homes for rent?
CLTs can have wider ambitions than to just provide affordable homes for rent or shared ownership. They set out to address local housing needs, whatever those needs may be.
Q. What does affordable mean?
Renting an affordable home should cost no more than 80% of the average local market rent or the local housing allowance, whichever is the lower figure, and is based on local incomes and local house prices. CLTs may offer property at less than 80% marketable value.
Q. Where are these properties?
At present we are exploring a few potential projects. Once projects are agreed we will inform all PVCLT members.
Q. Where does the money come from?
From various sources such as government grants, national and local authorities, charities or commercial mortgages.
Q. How do you know there is a housing need in our parishes?
A need for affordable rented housing has been identified by the East Suffolk District Council and we believe that there may be a need for affordable shared ownership properties. We encourage people to register through the Gateway to Home choice scheme, which is the only way we can justify any work that we do.
Q. Have other CLTs been successful?
There are now over 225 Community Land Trusts in England and Wales and the number is still growing, the largest Community Land Trusts have over 1000 members.
Q How will the villages work together?
People in all the villages on the peninsula could work together for the good of the community. The time is well overdue for affordable housing to be built in the area.
Q. Do CLTs take away responsibility of Parish Councils?
Parish Councils have a legal responsibility to consider planning applications when presented. PVCLT has no power to take responsibility away from Parish Councils. Parish Councils have in the past found it difficult to influence housing development to the benefit of its communities. We hope that PVCLT will meet that need by working with all stakeholders to secure more appropriate affordable housing.
Q. What is the £1 membership for?
Like a “penny share” it shows your commitment to support the aims of PVCLT.
Q. Do I have to be a member of PVCLT to be a prospective tenant?