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'Genuinely affordable' homes could be built in Thame

It's after the creating of a Community Land Trust for the town.

Published by Dan Gooding at 5:39am 13th March 2019. 2-minute read.

'Genuinely affordable' homes could be built in Thame

A real difference could be made to the housing market in Thame, thanks to a new community project.

The Thame Community Land Trust has been set up to create, what they say will be, genuinely affordable housing.

The focus of that provision will be on people with a strong local connection to Thame having the aim of keeping families together.

The Trust will attempt to fill in the gaps that existing provision has left, between current affordable housing policy and the open market.

If not a total cure for the affordability problems that affect Thame, the Trust expects to make a significant difference.

What's next?

Thame house prices are forcing some to leave the town they've grown up in

The legal formation is only the start and the Trust is moving on already.

A call for sites, specifically for Thame CLT, is being made and application has been made to the Community Housing Fund (administered by Homes England) for a substantial grant towards taking a future site through to planning permission.

The Trust said:

"There will no doubt be both successes and disappointments along the way but the effort will be undoubtedly worth it.

"It is a journey that Thame people can take part in. The Trust is a member based organisation and we will, very shortly, be asking for people to join. So, watch out for future announcements.

"Whilst independent of Thame Town Council, the Trust would like to acknowledge the moral and physical support it has received from the Council in leading to its formation."

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