We would like to thank everyone who responded to the housing survey. The response rate was very low, but if you are in need of some housing advice, please see the recommendations below:
A number of the responses asked for a greater number of shared ownership properties to become available in the village. These properties are designed for people who can’t afford to buy a home outright on the open market. The schemes are run by housing associations and you buy a % share in the house and rent the remainder of the property at a susidised rate so as to be affordable, you can then increase the percentage of the property that you ‘buy’ over time. We can confirm that a number of shared ownership homes will be included within the housing developments off Rushendon Furlong, Vicarage Road and around the Memorial Hall/village green and the parish council will be working with the developers and AVDC housing. They will predominantly be 2 and 3 bedroom houses (as 1 bedroom properties/flats are not affordable options under this model).
All interested residents should register with HelpToBuyESE.org.uk as all shared ownership properties that become available have to be listed on this website, and you will then receive notification when properties that meet your criteria become available.
Residents interested in the properties that will become available in the Rushendon Furlong development should also register their interest with Hightown Housing Association (www.hightownha.org.uk) as they have been appointed to run this particular scheme.
Rental via AVDC
The housing officer at AVDC confirms that anyone interested in renting a council property should complete the application form on the BucksHomeChoice.gov.uk website to determine if you are eligible. Even if you are over 18yrs and living in the parental home with your own bedroom, you may still be eligible under the ‘shared accommodation’ regulations, so AVDC encourage you to check. AVDC give priority to applicants from the ‘East of Aylesbury’ sub-group within which Pitstone falls, but they are not able to grant a higher priority to existing Pitstone residents and the parish council has no ability to influence this. We can confirm that a number of rental properties will be included within the developments in Rushendon Furlong, Vicarage Road and around the Memorial Hall/village green, ranging from 1 & 2 bedroom flats up to 3 bedroom houses, and the parish council will work with the developers and AVDC housing for these schemes. We would therefore encourage you to register with Bucks Home Choice so that you are able to apply for these properties once they come on the market.
Pitstone Town Lands Charity currently operate 4 x one bedroom flats in the village which they offer for rental. All flats are currently occupied but you can register your interest by contacting the Town Lands Charity (Gill Lowe (Chair) 01296668809).
The parish council will provide further updates as and when they are available.