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Work complete on converting Keswick toilet block into affordable homes

29th September 2015

Work is now complete on converting a former toilet block in Keswick town centre into four new affordable homes.

Allerdale Borough Council agreed to sell the disused toilet block at Banks Court, in a prime position off Station Street, to the Keswick Community Housing Trust for £1.00 last year. The Trust officially took over ownership of the building in February 2015 and work started on Monday 23rd March.

The four, one-bedroomed affordable homes were developed by the Trust and welcomed the first tenants into their new homes earlier this month.

One of Allerdale Borough Council’s key priorities is to support the provision of affordable homes across the borough, which includes using Council assets, supporting the formation of community land trusts and bringing empty properties back into life.

Councillor Carni-McCarron-Holmes, Allerdale Borough Council’s Executive Member for Housing, said: “We were pleased to have supported forward-thinking organisations’ like the Keswick Community Housing Trust by releasing this land to provide innovative and much-needed affordable housing in the centre of Keswick. We want Allerdale to be a place where everyone, especially younger people who may find themselves priced out of the market, can have access to affordable, well designed homes. One of the ways we can do this is by encouraging the use of empty and disused buildings like this one at Banks Court to be redeveloped, and the transformation has indeed been amazing!”

Keswick Community Housing Trust is a Community Land Trust, which was set up in 2009 to address serious issues affecting the local community including high house prices and second homes. It has been the driving force behind other recent developments including building 11 new houses next to St John’s churchyard in 2013 and is currently working on a larger-scale housing development at Calvert Way in the town, which will be complete in spring 2017.

Bill Bewley, Chairman of Keswick Community Housing Trust, said: “This unique development is for local people to rent showing that Keswick can be a place where you can both work and live. It’s a perfect location for anyone who’s working in Keswick and that’s what we are trying to achieve – to give a home to people who are mainly working in the hospitality industry in Keswick.

“The Trust’s role is to provide a secure future in an otherwise struggling community with our main concern being that young locals are gradually being driven away by high prices, so these homes will only ever be used to help those who can’t afford to rent or buy in the area. We are all passionate about providing affordable housing for the people of Keswick and keeping life in the local area.”


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