Can you Find it – Business © 2017 THE FULL STORY…CALL FOR COUNTY TO HELP EASE HOMES CRISISPublished in Can you find it Business Edition on Thursday, January 5th 2016
THE mayor of Cockermouth is calling on the county council to help solve the town’s escalating affordable housing crisis by handing over a prime building plot.
Town and borough councillor Alan Smith says waiting lists for rental properties have been closed for nearly two years and there is no new land available for building.
But Mr Smith believes the county council-owned Sullart Street depot is a prime site for new social housing. It is home to the area’s gritting and road maintenance workers.
The council plans to auction the site off to a private developer. It already has draft planning permission for 76 homes, providing that a quarter are affordable. But Mr Smith says there is scope to build more social housing if the county is prepared to compromise.