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Tens of thousands of homes in are to benefit from new super-fast broadband.

According to consumer website www.uswitch.com, BT are ready to roll out its fibre optic broadband to , and , among other more rural locations.

Householders and businesses will soon be able to access download speeds of up to 20Mb – way faster than they currently can.

It’s a challenge to the region’s main communications provider – Kingston Communications – as BT are aggressively moving into their area in search of new business.

BT’s regional director for Yorkshire and Humber John Anderson said it will be a huge boost for everyone in East Yorkshire.

He continued: “We want to go even further by working with the public sector to find ways of bringing faster broadband to areas which are geographically and commercially more challenging.”

The is of great interest to people in East Yorkshire, who have only had one viable option in KC for their communications needs.

However, KC themselves are trying to innovate and have recently connected residents of Woodmansey to fibre optics which has given them access to 100Mb downloads speeds.

And they believe they can fight off outside competition by giving 15,000 more people in the area access to the super-fast broadband in the coming months.

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From Monday, 5 to Friday, 7 December, it is the Empty Homes Agency’s ‘National Week of Action on Empty Homes’ which aims to identify and raise awareness of the problems with empty homes.

of Yorkshire Council has an empty homes team which is pro-active in tackling the problem of empty homes in the area and will be active on the streets of during the week of action.

It is vital that empty homes are brought back into use and the empty homes team will work with owners to achieve this. Most homes are brought back into use by informal negotiations with the owner, however, should this fail the home may ultimately be subject to a ().

Councillor Symon Fraser, cabinet portfolio holder for environment, and planning, said: “Empty homes blight communities and are a wasted resource which could otherwise be occupied. They are also known to attract anti-social behaviour, fly-tipping and vandalism.

“The empty homes team is focused on addressing this problem and will act appropriately to encourage the owners of empty homes in the Withernsea area to bring them back into habitable use.”

For further details or to report an empty home, call (01482) 396301 (selecting option 2) or email private.sector.housing@eastriding.gov.uk

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House builders developing properties in the have signed up to the ’s FirstBuy scheme, designed to help first-time buyers’ purchase newly built properties.

The scheme works by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and the house builders loaning a total of 20 per cent of the property price, meaning purchasers only have to make up the other 80 per cent from savings and a to buy a home outright.

It is anticipated that FirstBuy could help up to 200 households in the East Riding between now and 2013 and because FirstBuy is only available on new-build properties it also offers a timely boost to the market as well as supporting jobs in the construction industry and related trades.

Councillor Symon Fraser, cabinet portfolio holder for housing, environment and planning at Council, was pleased with the announcement.

He said:  “We all know that house prices in the East Riding are beyond the reach of many people living and working here, especially those trying to set up their first home.  It has become very difficult for people to save the large deposits banks and building societies want.

“This scheme offers help to first-time buyers and will be most welcome, it will also help to shorten the council’s housing waiting list.”

Subject to contracts being signed over the summer, house builders offering FirstBuy in the East Riding, will include national builders , Bovis, David Wilson, Gladedale, , Persimmon and Redrow, as well as local firms, such as Fulford Builders and Peter Ward Homes.

A variety of property types and sizes will be available on schemes across the whole of the East Riding, including the main towns of , , Brough, , , , , , , and , as well as smaller villages, such as Barmby Moor, Beeford and Hook.

David Curtis, executive director at the Homes and Communities Agency said: “I am really pleased that our will mean that local people can buy the home they want at a price they can afford. By having homes available in almost 20 locations from nine developers means that first time buyers will have a fantastic choice. “

Anyone wanting more information should contact the house builders direct, or approach my4walls, the local HomeBuy Agent at www.my4walls.co.uk

No fees are charged on the loan for the first five years and the loan has to be repaid when the property is sold or the mortgage paid off.

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The council is carrying out a further public consultation on the ’s planning blueprint for the future known as the ‘Local Development Framework.’

The consultation is on the draft Core Strategy, which is the main planning document for the Local Development Framework. Once adopted, the Core Strategy will guide decisions on the location of new , businesses, shopping, leisure and community facilities to 2028, and will replace the existing Local Plans.

A previous consultation took place in summer 2010, which generated 2250 comments. The council has decided to carry out a further consultation on specific parts of the Core Strategy so that it can address responses to last year’s consultation and take into account new information on the demand and need for new housing and the amount of jobs that are expected to be created.

The consultation seeks views on:

*     The ‘vision’ statements which set out how the East Riding’s main towns will look by 2028.

These have been prepared for Anlaby/Willerby/Kirkella; ; ; ; ; ; Hessle; Willerby; Elloughton/Brough; Hedon; ; ; ; ; and .

*     The number of new houses that will be built throughout the East Riding and  how many will be built in each town and village.

The consultation proposes that 25,500 new houses will be built in the East Riding  for the period up to 2028.  This reflects a number of issues including: anticipated demographic changes  (birth rates, death rates, migration into and out of the East Riding); the level of anticipated housing need (for example, emerging new households); the number of new jobs that are forecast to be provided; and the need to limit development near in order to support the city’s regeneration.

The number of new houses proposed in ‘rural service centre’ villages has been reduced to address local priorities about keeping new development in these settlements proportionate to the size of the village.

*     Changes to the policy setting out what types of development can be built in smaller rural villages and the countryside, including:

o     Allowing small scale housing development in villages that are close to the main towns and which have good access to larger centres. Small scale is usually no more than five homes. Examples include Barmby Moor, Nafferton and Woodmansey.

o     Allowing single homes to be built in rural villages that have basic services such as a shop, village hall or primary school without  the requirement to demonstrate ‘local needs’ for new houses.

*     The amount of land that is needed to support new jobs and the economy.

Updated economic growth forecasts suggest that 235 hectares of employment land is needed in the East Riding to 2028. The majority of employment land in the East Riding is located along the M62 corridor at sites such as Capitol Park/Junction 36 at Goole, Melton, Hessle/Humber Bridgehead.

In addition, approximately 200 hectares is proposed at Hedon Haven to support the anticipated growth of the renewable and low carbon energy sector and the recently announced ‘Enterprise Zone’ status.

*     The amount of affordable housing that will be provided with new housing developments.

 

Recent studies of affordable housing needs and the East Riding housing market suggest that, in the larger towns, affordable housing should be required on sites where 15 or more homes are built. In other areas affordable housing will be required when three or more homes are built. The proportion of the new housing that should be affordable varies throughout the East Riding from 5 to 25 per cent depending upon how economically viable it is to build in different areas.

*     How much recreation space will be provided through new developments.

The consultation proposes what standards we should use to determine how much and what types of recreational and amenity space will be provided with new developments.

How to access the document and make comments Full details about the Local Development Framework and all its documents including information on the number of proposed houses in different parts of the East Riding is at http://eastriding.limehouse.co.uk/portal/

Telephone: 01482 391739

Email: forward.planning@eastriding.gov.uk

Address: Forward Planning, County Hall, Cross Street, Beverley, 9BA

The consultation closes on Monday 19 December 2011.

Public ‘drop in’ sessions are being held throughout the consultation period at the following locations, from 2.30-6.30pm:

Date              Location

Tues. 22 November       Withernsea Library

Tues. 22 November       Hessle Library

Wed. 23 November Bridlington North Library

Tues. 29 November       Hedon Library

Tues. 29 November       Pocela Centre,  Pocklington

Wed. 30 November Goole Library

Thurs. 1 December Beverley Library

Thurs. 1 December       Willerby Library

Mon. 5 December   Driffield Library

Tues. 6 December Petuaria Centre,  Brough

Tues. 6 December Hornsea Library

Wed. 7 December   Howden Library

Wed. 7 December   Wicstun Centre, Market Weighton

Thurs. 8 December       Cottingham Library

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A landlord has been fined £1,800 and ordered to pay £1,000 costs after breaching HMO (House in Multiple Occupation) legislation by failing to comply with management conditions and for over occupation of a licensable HMO.

The Council brought the prosecution against Stephen Binns of 39 North Promenade, Withernsea, after Mr Binns failed to carry out required works in his property. Mr Binns also allowed his property to be occupied by more persons than is permitted on his licence.

In a case heard by Magistrates Court on Tuesday, 7 June, Mr Binns was found guilty of breaching Regulation 7 of the Management Regulations 2006, over occupation of a licensable property in accordance with section 72 of the Act 2004 and failure to comply with an improvement notice served under Section 11 of the Act 2004.

Legislation relating to the management and licensing of HMO properties was introduced to protect the health, safety and well-being of people living in this type of higher risk property, that they are managed properly, that the occupants have access to a good basic standard of facilities, and that appropriate health and safety precautions are in place

HMO properties are an important source of housing to some of the most vulnerable people in society.

Councillor Symon Fraser, cabinet portfolio holder for housing, said: “In the interests of safety, the council is committed to ensuring that landlords in control of houses in multiple occupation manage their properties effectively and comply with licence conditions in their properties, where applicable.

“It is recognised that the tenants of houses in multiple occupation are exposed to a greater risk from hazards such as fire and the mandatory licensing scheme has been introduced nationally to improve management and standards in these types of properties. Landlords need to be aware of the consequences of not complying with the law.”

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The Humber Partnership has produced a sub regional strategy which is currently out for consultation until the end of November. The partnership comprises the four local authorities (, , ), , , , and representatives from a number of regional bodies .

The Strategy, which runs from 2009 – 2019, sets out a framework for housing in the Humber. The strategy is very closely linked to other plans relating to economic development, planning and transport. The overarching vision for housing in the Humber is that there should be more balanced housing markets where local residents have access to a wide range of high quality affordable homes with related support contributing to the overall economic prosperity of the area. To achieve this it sets three strategic priorities:

Creating more balanced housing markets;
Providing high quality homes and;
Meeting diverse housing needs.

Key areas of activity in over the period of the strategy wiill include the need to build more houses in sustainable locations and to ensure in particular that more of these are genuinely affordable. The strategy will also promote further housing led regeneration in parts of and subsequently in parts of both and . There will be a focus on improving the quality of existing housing and in particular where this improves living conditions for more vulnerable households. Key to this will be the need to tackle fuel poverty through interventions such as new central heating systems and other energy efficiency measures.

If you are interested in finding out more about what the strategy says, you can view a copy on the website (www.humberep.co.uk). There will also be a questionairre available on this site which can be used to provide any views. These should then be sent to Housing.Strategy@eastriding.gov.uk by Monday 30th November. If you need any further information on this issue, please call 01482 396111.

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