£17 million fund could help new community builds

Alex Johnson

df3a8dc13a0a82764b9a2d756a2a2f46dd9086b4 300x225 £17 million fund could help new community buildsAnyone planning new building projects in their community can apply for a share of £17 million to get their ideas off the ground as Housing Minister Mark Prisk announced a fund today which will offer additional support to people with plans and ideas for their neighbourhood, from self-build homes to community shops.

Until now, the £17 million pot was earmarked solely to help Community Right to Build projects develop their proposals the scheme has now been expanded to include any community project.

This means that communities who want to make a change in their area, such as creating a new playground, renovating an empty home or making plots available for house building will be able to access the money they need to develop plans and make it happen. The fund is available for communities outside London until March 2015.

Self builders will also be able to benefit from the fund by joining forces with local people to design and gain approval for the home they want.

My dream home includes…
A new survey of 3,400 people from Ocean Finance suggests that more than a third (36%) of us would quite like an indoor swimming pool when planning our dream home. The second most popular feature is an ensuite bathroom (39% of women wanted one, compared to 25% of men). Gratifyingly, 5% said they would also go for a shed.

If you think the UK prices are steep…
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Everybody needs good neighbours
Six in ten adults are currently not talking to two neighbours, according to a study from Swinton which is launching their Great Britain’s Greatest Neighbour campaign. Indeed 10% said they give their neighbour a ‘frosty look’ if their paths cross in public. The most common reason given for falling out with neighbours was due to them blocking their drive. A tenth of the 2,000 adults polled said they have a long running feud with their neighbour which has lasted more than four years

Steve Chelton from Swinton said: “Regardless of the day to day disagreements, it is important to try and keep good relationships with neighbours as you may be living next to them for some time and you never know when an emergency might occur.”

One in ten adults said their neighbours aren’t important in their everyday life, and 28% said they would never socialise with them.
just over a quarter avoid going in their own garden so they aren’t forced to make idle chitchat over the fence and more than 10% said they have moved at least once to escape certain neighbours.

With the shoe on the other foot, the poll also revealed that 17% of people said they were guilty of annoying their neighbours from time to time…

Jim Maddan, the Neighbourhood and Home Watch Networks Chairman said: “There are still lots of examples of neighbours getting along and working together for the benefit of their community. One such example is Neighbourhood Watch – people join the Neighborhood Watch to make the areas where they live safe, friendly and pleasant places to be – and it works.”

Pictured is a three bedroom detached house in St Olave’s Road, York on for £350,000 with Naish.

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