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Date published: 31st July 2019

A housing charity has been handed the keys to another home following the award of a grant by North Norfolk District Council.

The £80,000 grant topped up the funds already raised by Stable Door, and has enabled the Sheringham charity to accelerate the acquisition of the latest addition to its portfolio.

Stable Door, which now has eight properties in the town, will welcome the first tenants once renovation work on the three-bedroom house has been completed. As with all the charity’s tenants, they will have a strong Sheringham connection.

The grant is part of NNDC’s commitment to help boost the provision of affordable housing across the district and mitigate the effects of second homes, which can result in inflated property prices.

Cllr Karen Ward, North Norfolk District Council cabinet member for housing and planning, said: “The impact of second homes on the district’s residents is something we take extremely seriously and is one of the top priorities for this administration. Ensuring there remains a good supply of affordable homes in North Norfolk is key, so we’re delighted to be able to help Stable Door with this project.”

The grant from NNDC comes from a pot of £2.4m that central government has allocated to the authority from the Community Housing Fund.

Stable Door is a small charity run by volunteers to manage its homes and provide additional support to tenants when needed. Formed in 1993 by two sisters who brought together local church representatives, it has since gone from strength to strength, as reflected in the growth of its portfolio.

Darryl Smith, the charity’s chairman, said: “We’re pleased to be able to work in partnership with NNDC to achieve this addition to our property portfolio, and this will enable us to provide accommodation to a family in need from the Sheringham area. We look forward to being able to work with the council again in future.”

Cllr Penny Bevan-Jones, an NNDC member for Sheringham South, said: “People with contacts in Sheringham looking for an affordable home will be delighted to discover that Stable Door is making this a real possibility, as a starting measure that can be reviewed every year.”

Cllr Colin Heinink, a fellow Sheringham South ward member, said: “I appreciate the wonderful work Stable Door does in providing affordable accommodation to families in our town and I will endeavour to support them going from strength to strength.”

To find out more about Stable Door, please visit the Stable Door website.

Last updated: 31st July 2019