Housing & Community Buildings

Task Group Leader: Peter Holloway

Vision: We want to be able to live in a home which is safe, warm, and affordable, and with community buildings that meet our needs.

Projects and budget for 2017-2019:

Private Rented Sector Liaison Housing Officer

Planned CELL spend: £17,075
Other funding: £0   

Description: A dedicated, part-time, CELL Housing Officer working with private landlords to help achieve and maintain appropriate property standards, and ensure that tenants undergo suitable checks prior to taking on tenancies.

Empty Homes Project 

Planned CELL spend: £0         
Other funding: £0           

Exploratory research around creating a Community Land Trust to purchase vacant dwellings in the villages, refurbish them, and let them to local people at reasonable prices.

Update: The Housing Task Group have been looking at options for community-led housing projects and will be exploring these with partner organisations and the local community during autumn 2018. 

Lynemouth Community Trust

Planned CELL spend: £40,000
Other funding: £0           

Funding to provide vital financial support to ensure the sustainability of Lynemouth Community Trust and the social enterprises in its remit, during the Community Buildings Rationalisation process. All support will be awarded based on a comprehensive business case with clear benefits to the CELL area.      

Update: Despite receiving £20,000 in autumn 2017 towards helping the organisation become sustainable, sadly Lynemouth Community Trust closed in February 2018.       

Rationalisation of Lynemouth Community Buildings – Feasibility Study

Planned CELL spend: £73,800
Other funding: £0           

Description: A major project bringing together Lynemouth Resource Centre, Lynemouth Institute, Lynemouth Day Centre, the former St Aidan’s Church, and the Welfare onto one combined site. Funds cover the cost of the Stage 2 Feasibility Study.
Update: Funding for the cost of this feasibility study could not be approved by the CELL Partnership due to the high level of risk to the project created by the financial difficulties of Lynemouth Community Trust (a key partner in the project), and the lack of available match funding.