Social and Affordable Housing Development Programme - A special meeting of Cabinet

Mendip District Council's leader and Cabinet will meet to reconsider their original decision concerning 145 social (low rent) and affordable (shared ownership) homes at four sites across the district. There have been calls to pause part of the development - in particular the 77 homes planned for Easthill in Frome - while concerns from members and the public are considered.

Cabinet members voted to move forward with the housing programme when they met on 2nd November. But this was called-in and taken to Scrutiny Board, who referred it back to Cabinet, requesting they revisit their original decision.

A special meeting of Cabinet has now been scheduled for Thursday 26th November at 5.30pm, to discuss the matter.

Cabinet is usually held at 6.30pm so please note the earlier timing. The decision to bring forward the start time of the meeting reflects the level of importance and level of public interest in the matter to be considered, the wish that all parties be given an appropriate opportunity to make their views known and to allow the meeting to conclude at a reasonable time.

The meeting will be held in public and will be live streamed.

Cabinet is being asked to:

either

  1. Approve the proposed transfer of 4 sites to Aster Housing Group, subject to contract and planning consent, for the development of affordable and social housing.

or

  1. Confirm their approval of 2nd  November 2020 to proceed with the transfer of Cemetery Lane, Street, Cranhill Car Park, Street (part only) and Norbins Road Car Park, Glastonbury, to Aster Housing Group, subject to contract and planning consent, for the development of affordable and social housing.
  2. To pause the proposed transfer of land adjoining Easthill Cemetery Frome to Aster to allow time for a review of issues raised by Members.

The Cabinet report can be found here:  Cabinet, Thursday 26 November 2020

Last July, Cabinet approved permission to initiate a programme to deliver the Council's key corporate objective to provide more affordable and social housing in the district. The Council looked at Mendip-owned sites and identified numerous potential plots for development for an ambitious social housing scheme - the first of its kind for two decades. The number of households registered for social rent is increasing across Mendip. It's anticipated this need will rise due to the impact of the COVID pandemic. 

Please view the questions and answers document for the affordable and social housing development programme:

Icon for pdf Affordable and Social housing development programme Q&As [654.29KB]

All enquiries regarding this development programme are to be directed to developmentprogramme@mendip.gov.uk