Moves are being made to address a “chronic shortage” of social housing in Seamer with council owned land set to be put forward for new affordable properties.
Scarborough Council has announced it will begin a consultation with residents in the village over a planned move to create an estimated 30 new affordable homes on land owned by the authority off Scarborough Road.
According to the council there is a chronic shortage of social housing in Seamer, backed by the fact that only three properties classed as social housing have been advertised for rent in the village since last year. As a result one property alone attracted more than 90 bids.
Scarborough Council is holding a consultation event in the village later this month to discuss the proposals to bring forward land off Scarborough Road which could potentially accommodate up to an estimated 30 new affordable homes, although there are no firm proposals on the table.
The drop-in session will be held on Monday, November 19 at Seamer and Irton War memorial Hall, from 2pm to 7pm.
The event follows a decision by the council earlier in the year to carry out public consultation on developing the land.
The outcome of the consultation will then be fed back to the council’s Cabinet early in the new year when a decision will be made on whether to release the land for affordable housing development.
Cllr Bill Chatt, Cabinet portfolio holder for Public Health and Housing, said he hopes for high levels of engagement with Seamer residents. He said: “There are high levels of affordable housing need across the Borough and we have been looking at various ways of bringing forward more land for affordable housing development to meet that need.
“Since North Yorkshire Homechoice was introduced in 2011, there have been only three social rented properties advertised for rent in Seamer and each has attracted more than 90 bids, which demonstrates an extremely high level of demand for affordable housing in the village.
“I hope residents in Seamer embrace this consultation and take the opportunity to find out more about the housing issues facing this Borough, as well as the proposals to release this land.”