Date published: 23rd December 2016

North Norfolk will benefit from a share of the £60m national fund designed to support the provision of affordable housing through community land trusts and other community led housing groups.

There are currently 53,591 homes in the district of which 3,989 are in use as second homes – that’s an overall percentage of 7.4%.

The spread of second homes ownership is concentrated in several parish areas, notably: Salthouse, 36%, Cley, 35%, Morston, 34%, and Stiffkey, 30%, Blakeney 30%, Binham 28%, Lessingham 27%, Weybourne 25%, Langham 23%, Wells 22%, Thornage 22% and Wiveton 21%.

Cllr Richard Price, Cabinet Member for Housing at North Norfolk District Council, said: “I welcome this national funding and believe that regionally, and at a district level, our share will help to address the issues that having a large percentage of second homes can bring to villages and parishes. This issue is a top priority for the North Norfolk District Council administration in 2017.”

“Locally there are significant concerns that second home ownership is fuelling house price inflation and placing communities at risk of not being able to sustain a rural way of life, e.g. schools and shops.”

Last month North Norfolk District Council hosted a conference at Cromer to discuss how community land trusts can enable the provision of affordable housing development in rural areas.

Cllr Price added: “Homes for Wells is a good example of the kind of approach that this new money will help to fund. This shows the district council working with a local community land trust to deliver affordable homes for our residents.”

Last updated: 24th January 2017