Richmondshire District Council

Seven new affordable homes look set to be created in the Dales with the help of District Council cash.

Two schemes – in Askrigg and Arkengarthdale – are bidding to receive a total of £295,000 from the authority’s Community Led Housing Fund (CLHF).

Members of Corporate Board will next week (April 9) be asked to approve grants of £150,000 for the Askrigg scheme and £145,000 for Arkengarthdale.  It will bring the number of new affordable homes built using the CLHF to eleven – the other four being in Hudswell.

The Fund was launched by central government in 2016 when 148 local authorities across the UK received money to deliver community led affordable housing schemes - Richmondshire got £493,730 and set up its own fund in February 2017.

“We were the first district in North Yorkshire to deliver on this initiative when four homes in Husdwell were opened,” said Corporate Director, Callum McKeon.

“Since then we have helped with cash for legal work, project set up and management costs but these new projects will deliver much needed affordable new homes in rural areas of our district.”

The Askrigg Foundation will turn two market place properties into three affordable homes in a £335,000 scheme; while four homes will be built on land next to the Methodist Chapel in Langthwaite, Arkengarthdale in a £785,000 development by the Upper Dales Community Land Trust.

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