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Affordable eco homes opened up to residents in Bournemouth

Bournemouth Echo: A bungalow being built at Gladstone Mews, Boscombe A bungalow being built at Gladstone Mews, Boscombe

A NEW development of affordable eco homes has been opened up to residents of Springbourne and East Cliff, Littledown and Iford and West Southbourne.

The 11 Gladstone Mews homes were initially released just to Boscombe residents and, of the 16 applications that were made, 11 are currently being considered.

However, proving a local connection is just the initial step of the process as applicants will also have to have their financial eligibility reviewed and secure a mortgage for their share of the property.

As it is not guaranteed that all these applications will progress, the development is being opened up to people with a local connection in the neighbouring wards.

The homes are offered on a shared ownership basis and so, although their open market value ranges from £180,000 to £235,000, prospective residents will only need to raise a deposit and mortgage for 65 per cent of the sale price – between £117,000 and £152,750.

They will then pay rent of between £100.80 and £134.40 on the remaining 35 per cent.

Cllr Robert Lawton, Bourne-mouth’s cabinet member for housing, said: “Bournemouth has a real lack of affordable housing and, although we would like a lot more, every little helps.

“I would encourage people to go and take a look at this development because it represents an opportunity for people to get on the housing ladder in an area that is benefiting from extensive regeneration.”

For more information visit bournemouth2026.org.uk.

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3:23pm Sat 28 Jun 14

Lord Spring says...

Will then pay rent per week month or annum ?
Will then pay rent per week month or annum ? Lord Spring
  • Score: 9

4:32pm Sat 28 Jun 14

ShuttleX says...

Lord Spring wrote:
Will then pay rent per week month or annum ?
Per month.
[quote][p][bold]Lord Spring[/bold] wrote: Will then pay rent per week month or annum ?[/p][/quote]Per month. ShuttleX
  • Score: 10

5:06pm Sat 28 Jun 14

MrPitiful says...

About another 20000 or so of these and the local housing shortage will be on the way to being sorted.
About another 20000 or so of these and the local housing shortage will be on the way to being sorted. MrPitiful
  • Score: 0

5:53pm Sat 28 Jun 14

trolley says...

Affordable? Try telling that to the thousands in retail,no chance of anything but a house share
Affordable? Try telling that to the thousands in retail,no chance of anything but a house share trolley
  • Score: 23

6:19pm Sat 28 Jun 14

Lord Spring says...

ShuttleX wrote:
Lord Spring wrote:
Will then pay rent per week month or annum ?
Per month.
You would think the reporter would state the facts
[quote][p][bold]ShuttleX[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lord Spring[/bold] wrote: Will then pay rent per week month or annum ?[/p][/quote]Per month.[/p][/quote]You would think the reporter would state the facts Lord Spring
  • Score: 6

8:43pm Sat 28 Jun 14

giveusthefacts says...

Minimum of £117K on mortgage + £100 per month rent. Disregard all the other expenses of home ownership, how can this be classed as affordable?. If interest rates rise as expected, they will become even more unaffordable.
Minimum of £117K on mortgage + £100 per month rent. Disregard all the other expenses of home ownership, how can this be classed as affordable?. If interest rates rise as expected, they will become even more unaffordable. giveusthefacts
  • Score: 21

9:58pm Sat 28 Jun 14

guisselle says...

Good to see new homes being built!
Good to see new homes being built! guisselle
  • Score: -2

10:51pm Sat 28 Jun 14

Bob49 says...

"were initially released just to Boscombe residents"

perhaps the Daily Echo might care to ask how long would you have had to live in Boscombe to qualify as a resident
"were initially released just to Boscombe residents" perhaps the Daily Echo might care to ask how long would you have had to live in Boscombe to qualify as a resident Bob49
  • Score: 10

1:51am Sun 29 Jun 14

Ragwin says...

Ideal for Buy To let.
Ideal for Buy To let. Ragwin
  • Score: 4

3:42am Sun 29 Jun 14

Chris@Bmouth says...

What makes them eco homes? Just because they have solar panels? That means nothing.
They're only as 'eco' as their occupants.
What makes them eco homes? Just because they have solar panels? That means nothing. They're only as 'eco' as their occupants. Chris@Bmouth
  • Score: 10

5:34am Sun 29 Jun 14

BIGTONE says...

That magic word has appeared in the headline.....
It will make people rush for a bargain.
As if.....
That magic word has appeared in the headline..... It will make people rush for a bargain. As if..... BIGTONE
  • Score: 0

9:56am Sun 29 Jun 14

fedupwithjobsworths says...

We need some serious joined up thinking by the government when it comes to housing. A few so called eco houses will do little when the population of the UK is increasing so fast (up 400,000 last year alone according to latest figures!). House prices are probably twice their true value due to lack of supply and our distorted land prices. Agricultural land prices are maybe £10K acre but get planning permission and the value goes up to £100'sK acre, but this money is trousered by spivs instead of being ring fenced to build low cost houses.
We need some serious joined up thinking by the government when it comes to housing. A few so called eco houses will do little when the population of the UK is increasing so fast (up 400,000 last year alone according to latest figures!). House prices are probably twice their true value due to lack of supply and our distorted land prices. Agricultural land prices are maybe £10K acre but get planning permission and the value goes up to £100'sK acre, but this money is trousered by spivs instead of being ring fenced to build low cost houses. fedupwithjobsworths
  • Score: 4

10:47am Sun 29 Jun 14

Adrian XX says...

House prices are probably twice their true value

"true value" is what people are prepared to pay for them. It's the only way you can measure the value of anything.

Affordable? Try telling that to the thousands in retail,no chance of anything but a house share

Perhaps try telling the thousands in retail to get out of retail. Unfortunately, retail jobs should not even be considered as careers unless you are hoping to rise into management.
[quote]House prices are probably twice their true value[/quote] "true value" is what people are prepared to pay for them. It's the only way you can measure the value of anything. [quote]Affordable? Try telling that to the thousands in retail,no chance of anything but a house share[/quote] Perhaps try telling the thousands in retail to get out of retail. Unfortunately, retail jobs should not even be considered as careers unless you are hoping to rise into management. Adrian XX
  • Score: -3

12:09pm Sun 29 Jun 14

Rasta dude says...

We'll affordable for whom the people of sandbanks I own my home and wouldn't consider this for a minute rent and mortgage sod that what's the point
We'll affordable for whom the people of sandbanks I own my home and wouldn't consider this for a minute rent and mortgage sod that what's the point Rasta dude
  • Score: 0

12:36pm Sun 29 Jun 14

hrryseccombe says...

We were told that the reason the bcca arts centre was demolished was that there was a desperate need for affordable housing for Boscombe residents. 16 people applied 11 being considered. What went wrong here?

Was the research faulty, are they too expensive for local people, was there another agenda, or is the part ownership idea flawed?

One thing is for certain a community owned asset has been destroyed and thelocal take up is very poor.
We were told that the reason the bcca arts centre was demolished was that there was a desperate need for affordable housing for Boscombe residents. 16 people applied 11 being considered. What went wrong here? Was the research faulty, are they too expensive for local people, was there another agenda, or is the part ownership idea flawed? One thing is for certain a community owned asset has been destroyed and thelocal take up is very poor. hrryseccombe
  • Score: 6

4:46pm Sun 29 Jun 14

boardsandphotos says...

Bob49 wrote:
"were initially released just to Boscombe residents"

perhaps the Daily Echo might care to ask how long would you have had to live in Boscombe to qualify as a resident
http://www.bournemou
th2026.org.uk/gladst
one-mews/

Can I apply?

You can apply for a new Gladstone Mews home, if you have a local connection and can't afford to buy a similar sized home on the open market.

What is a local connection?
In order to demonstrate the local connection, a person must either:

Have immediately prior to occupation, allocation, possession or acquisition been continuously resident for 11 months in last past year or at least 10 years in the last 20 years in the Wards; or

Be in continuous full time or part time employment in the Wards or have accepted an unconditional offer of employment in the said wards; or

Demonstrate a family connection (defined as mother, father, son or daughter) to the Wards whereby that family member has been continuously resident in the Wards for a period of 10 years; or

Demonstrate other special circumstances which create a link to the Wards (not including residence in hospital or holiday let.) Special circumstances may include circumstances, for example, where the applicant wishes to move in to the area to give or receive support to a family member who does not meet the criteria above. Applicants with special circumstances will be considered by the CLT and by the Lettings Team at the Council and should be by exception

A Local Connection as defined by the Allocations Policy agreed with Bournemouth Borough Council with the following cascade:

Local connection to Boscombe (Boscombe West & Boscombe East wards)

Local connection to surrounding and or adjoining wards (East Cliff and Springbourne, Littledown and Iford and West Southbourne

Local connection to Bournemouth

Local connection to Dorset

The cascade can be adopted if a suitable and eligible purchaser has not been found within 3 weeks of the release of the properties for sale. We will move through the cascade in 3 week stages from that point on.

Affordability
Applicants must:

Be unable to afford to buy a similar property on the open market. Have a household income of less than £60,000 per annum

Be employed on a permanent contract for at least 6 months or self employed and able to provide accounts for the last 3 years trading

Have enough savings to fund a 5% deposit and any other fees associated with buying a property

Not own or have interest in a 2nd property

Have a good credit history

We give top priority to:
Applications for the houses who meet the above criteria will then be considered in order of the following priorities:

First time buyers

Living in an overcrowded property

Council and housing association tenants (you'll have to give up your tenancy when you buy with us)

Housing register applicants


Applications for the accessible bungalow with a Local Connection will then be considered in order of the following priorities:

Wheelchair user currently living in unsuitable accommodation

First time buyers

Living in overcrowded property

Housing association or Council tenants releasing accommodation

Housing Register applicants



Allocation Arrangements

The shared ownership homes will be allocated by Bournemouth 2026 Trust. We will only involve the Council in consideration of ‘special circumstances’ as outlined above.

This information is based on the allocations policy agreed with Bournemouth Borough Council.
[quote][p][bold]Bob49[/bold] wrote: "were initially released just to Boscombe residents" perhaps the Daily Echo might care to ask how long would you have had to live in Boscombe to qualify as a resident[/p][/quote]http://www.bournemou th2026.org.uk/gladst one-mews/ Can I apply? You can apply for a new Gladstone Mews home, if you have a local connection and can't afford to buy a similar sized home on the open market. What is a local connection? In order to demonstrate the local connection, a person must either: Have immediately prior to occupation, allocation, possession or acquisition been continuously resident for 11 months in last past year or at least 10 years in the last 20 years in the Wards; or Be in continuous full time or part time employment in the Wards or have accepted an unconditional offer of employment in the said wards; or Demonstrate a family connection (defined as mother, father, son or daughter) to the Wards whereby that family member has been continuously resident in the Wards for a period of 10 years; or Demonstrate other special circumstances which create a link to the Wards (not including residence in hospital or holiday let.) Special circumstances may include circumstances, for example, where the applicant wishes to move in to the area to give or receive support to a family member who does not meet the criteria above. Applicants with special circumstances will be considered by the CLT and by the Lettings Team at the Council and should be by exception A Local Connection as defined by the Allocations Policy agreed with Bournemouth Borough Council with the following cascade: Local connection to Boscombe (Boscombe West & Boscombe East wards) Local connection to surrounding and or adjoining wards (East Cliff and Springbourne, Littledown and Iford and West Southbourne Local connection to Bournemouth Local connection to Dorset The cascade can be adopted if a suitable and eligible purchaser has not been found within 3 weeks of the release of the properties for sale. We will move through the cascade in 3 week stages from that point on. Affordability Applicants must: Be unable to afford to buy a similar property on the open market. Have a household income of less than £60,000 per annum Be employed on a permanent contract for at least 6 months or self employed and able to provide accounts for the last 3 years trading Have enough savings to fund a 5% deposit and any other fees associated with buying a property Not own or have interest in a 2nd property Have a good credit history We give top priority to: Applications for the houses who meet the above criteria will then be considered in order of the following priorities: First time buyers Living in an overcrowded property Council and housing association tenants (you'll have to give up your tenancy when you buy with us) Housing register applicants Applications for the accessible bungalow with a Local Connection will then be considered in order of the following priorities: Wheelchair user currently living in unsuitable accommodation First time buyers Living in overcrowded property Housing association or Council tenants releasing accommodation Housing Register applicants Allocation Arrangements The shared ownership homes will be allocated by Bournemouth 2026 Trust. We will only involve the Council in consideration of ‘special circumstances’ as outlined above. This information is based on the allocations policy agreed with Bournemouth Borough Council. boardsandphotos
  • Score: 4

4:48pm Sun 29 Jun 14

boardsandphotos says...

I do wish the Echo would sort out their Mobile site so the comments box would recognise paragraph spacing!
I do wish the Echo would sort out their Mobile site so the comments box would recognise paragraph spacing! boardsandphotos
  • Score: 0

11:31pm Sun 29 Jun 14

Bob49 says...

Bob49 wrote:
"were initially released just to Boscombe residents"

perhaps the Daily Echo might care to ask how long would you have had to live in Boscombe to qualify as a resident
from above -

"Have immediately prior to occupation, allocation, possession or acquisition been continuously resident for 11 months in last past year or at least 10 years in the last 20 years in the Wards; "

does that mean only 11 months residency in the ward ?
[quote][p][bold]Bob49[/bold] wrote: "were initially released just to Boscombe residents" perhaps the Daily Echo might care to ask how long would you have had to live in Boscombe to qualify as a resident[/p][/quote]from above - "Have immediately prior to occupation, allocation, possession or acquisition been continuously resident for 11 months in last past year or at least 10 years in the last 20 years in the Wards; " does that mean only 11 months residency in the ward ? Bob49
  • Score: 1

9:22am Mon 30 Jun 14

speedy231278 says...

I don't see why the lower end of this scale isn't affordable to a working couple, assuming they don't spend most of their money on booze, fags, mobile phones, internet and satellite TV. Unfortunately, these luxury items seem to be classed as essentials these days, hence claims of jobs in retail being underpaid....
I don't see why the lower end of this scale isn't affordable to a working couple, assuming they don't spend most of their money on booze, fags, mobile phones, internet and satellite TV. Unfortunately, these luxury items seem to be classed as essentials these days, hence claims of jobs in retail being underpaid.... speedy231278
  • Score: 1

10:27am Mon 30 Jun 14

NickTheGreekinBmth says...

hrryseccombe wrote:
We were told that the reason the bcca arts centre was demolished was that there was a desperate need for affordable housing for Boscombe residents. 16 people applied 11 being considered. What went wrong here?

Was the research faulty, are they too expensive for local people, was there another agenda, or is the part ownership idea flawed?

One thing is for certain a community owned asset has been destroyed and thelocal take up is very poor.
16 applications, 11 homes. That's a 40% or so oversubscription already. I don't think that classes as poor local takeup.
[quote][p][bold]hrryseccombe[/bold] wrote: We were told that the reason the bcca arts centre was demolished was that there was a desperate need for affordable housing for Boscombe residents. 16 people applied 11 being considered. What went wrong here? Was the research faulty, are they too expensive for local people, was there another agenda, or is the part ownership idea flawed? One thing is for certain a community owned asset has been destroyed and thelocal take up is very poor.[/p][/quote]16 applications, 11 homes. That's a 40% or so oversubscription already. I don't think that classes as poor local takeup. NickTheGreekinBmth
  • Score: 2

8:35am Wed 2 Jul 14

Positano says...

Too little -- if there is a genuine sincere need to HOME people start BUILDING Council Housing the Muscliffe/Throop Area has lots and lots of LAND available to Build make a start Build 250 Houses Council Houses
For any eligible Bournemouth Residents

The Project in Gladstone Mews was ill thought by naïve not too clever individuals the deal is not a good one will not help the poorer people looking for decent housing and I would certainly not recommend any of our working youngsters look at the deal LEASE BUY Victorian Landlord initiative

This project has alienated many local people and just was never going to work
The Conservative Group are seriously out of touch and maybe need reminding one of the reasons they still have the seat of power is not really because they all have been voted in but simply because of poor voting turnouts in the suburbs over the years
Too little -- if there is a genuine sincere need to HOME people start BUILDING Council Housing the Muscliffe/Throop Area has lots and lots of LAND available to Build make a start Build 250 Houses Council Houses For any eligible Bournemouth Residents The Project in Gladstone Mews was ill thought by naïve not too clever individuals the deal is not a good one will not help the poorer people looking for decent housing and I would certainly not recommend any of our working youngsters look at the deal LEASE BUY Victorian Landlord initiative This project has alienated many local people and just was never going to work The Conservative Group are seriously out of touch and maybe need reminding one of the reasons they still have the seat of power is not really because they all have been voted in but simply because of poor voting turnouts in the suburbs over the years Positano
  • Score: 0
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