We are proud and excited to announce that a new partnership has been formed to provide more social housing in Frome and leave a lasting legacy of high-quality homes offering discounted market rents for local residents.
Frome Area Community Land Trust (FACLT), Selwood Housing Group and Mendip District Council have joined forces to deliver the programme.
We are calling it the Fair Homes Project and our mission is “To provide for local people in housing need, because everyone deserves a home.”
Here’s how we are working together, in a nutshell.
Mendip District Council is the landowner. If the proposed sites go ahead, the Council will sell the parcels of the land it has earmarked for this project, to Selwood Housing Group and FACLT, for the construction of high-quality, much-needed homes for social rent.
Selwood Housing Group will develop the land and manage the accommodation going forward. They’ve been operating for 30 years and own and manage almost 7,000 homes for rent and shared ownership in the south west.
As a charity, they reinvest into new homes, existing properties and into communities.
FACLT will retain the freehold and act as long-term stewards of the homes built, ensuring they remain genuinely affordable, not just for now but for every future occupier.
They are a voluntary organisation in Frome with over 100 members. FACLT has access to funding and support from Government and other organisations.
Up to 30 homes could be delivered across several potential plots. The locations ear-marked for possible development are listed below.
Please explore our pages to discover more about the high-quality social homes we’d like to build.
And remember, the Fair Homes Project will deliver so much more than sustainable homes, at a fair rent, for local people in housing need.
It will also:
Consultation is taking place with residents directly neighbouring the locations, and engagement with local councillors, town organisations and Frome Town Council has begun.
Further face-to-face consultations on each proposed plot are planned post-COVID restrictions. Details will be released shortly.
We’ve created a feedback section for residents to leave comments online. We welcome all enquiries about our emerging proposals – especially from those in housing need who’d like to know more about this exciting opportunity.
You can leave your comments here.
It’s important to note that these are proposals only.
There will be consultation and a formal opportunity for residents to have their say during the planning process, should these sites be brought forward.
It’s anticipated that the Fair Homes Project will be presented to Mendip District Council’s Cabinet in July 2021, for their consideration.
An independent Housing Needs Survey is also being conducted to collect vital information about those in Housing need in the local area.
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Your feedback on the Fair Homes Project is important to us. Please leave comments and suggestions below and we will respond to any questions as soon as possible.
We are currently in the very early feasibility stage of this project and are still in the process of information gathering for each site. There will be further opportunities for you to comment and provide feedback on this project, including in-person consultations (subject to COVID-19 restrictions) and a formal consultation process organised by Mendip Council.
Online consultation closes on 11 June 2021.
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