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Halton Housing Need Survey

Residents of Halton-with-Aughton parish, and some surrounding areas, have recently received by post a ‘Halton Housing Need Survey’ Questionnaire, with a request to return it by July 1st.

This has been organised and commissioned by Lancaster City Council Housing Department, to help provide good information about the overall need for homes in the area, but also on our behalf – to help Lune Valley CLT work out what the affordable housing priorities should be, for our planned site at Mill Lane, Halton.

If you have any queries about the survey, please look at the Housing Needs Survey FAQs.

If you are happy to help us by completing and returning it, but have not yet done so, please do it before the deadline, which is 1st July. Your responses will help us to ensure that Halton gets the number and kind of affordable homes that we actually need.

Many thanks for your help.

Recent Prattle Article

We set up the Lune Valley Community Land Trust a year ago, to contribute to affordable housing and public access land for the village. It is a not-for-profit, co-operative, which is run by the community for the community, akin to the Hydro.
In the area south of Low Road, about 120 homes have now been built in the original ‘Time & Tide’ development area; only 3 of them are ‘affordable’.

Site Location

To address this imbalance, and more importantly to prioritise housing for locals on low incomes, we have developed plans to build 20 truly affordable homes on one of the two uncompleted, semi-derelict sites between Mill Lane and Forge Lane. Note: The second of the two remaining uncompleted sites is intended to be developed by Halton Senior Cohousing.

The houses will be built to high standards, exceeding national standards on living space and be very affordable to heat. As can be seen from the outline site layout plan, it provides some shared communal space and encourages community-building.

We have just decided to develop and manage the site in partnership with a local Housing Association, whose leadership and strategy fits well with ours, and whose financial strength will reduce the grant funding we need.

We want to provide homes for those who either wish to remain in Halton or have been forced out due to the high prices. We will be able to decide on who gets the affordable homes, and also prevent the ‘right to buy’, which would over time remove affordable homes from the village. First preference will go to those with strong village connections; this includes young people, those in essential jobs, and the more elderly too.

Proposed Site Layout

In order to ensure that we provide the types of homes that are needed, we will shortly undertake a housing need survey for Halton and the surrounding area. We will publicise this to each household; it will allow you to tell us what you think, but also to actually register your own interest in a new affordable home. Please take the time to help us with this.

At the same time, we will consult with the village as we prepare a Planning Permission application. Look out for information on the usual village publicity sites, including for a public meeting.

photo of the Lune valley

Annual General Meeting

Sunday 17th March 2-4pm @ Halton Mill, Mill Lane, Halton, LA2 6ND

We will be holding our first AGM on Sunday 17th March 2-4pm at Halton Mill.

All members and non-members are very welcome at the AGM, though only members can vote. Non-members can join on the day, but if you wish to vote, then you will need to join prior to the meeting.

If you cannot attend, if you are a member you can appoint a Voting Representative; but please inform the Company Secretary at least 2 days before the AGM, i.e. by 15th March 2019. 

AGENDA

1.     Highlights from the last year

2.     Finance report

·        Vote on Resolution from Directors: “That an appointment of an auditor for the first set of accounts, to December 2020, is not required”

3.     Affordable Housing

·        Progress to date

·        Voting on Resolution from Directors: “That the Housing Association nominated by Directors is chosen as our preferred partner for developing 20 affordable homes on Mill Lane”

4.     Public Spaces

·        Progress to date

·        Future Plans and Ideas

5.     Election of Directors

·        All current Directors are standing down at the AGM. 

·        These are then standing for re-election: Ann Lanes, Steve Wrigley, Luke Mills, Chris Coates, Charles Ainger. 

·        Other members are encouraged to stand for election as Directors too. If anyone wishes to stand, please inform the Company Secretary