Local people urged to help Homes for Farnham 

Homes for Farnham, a new Community Housing Group which aims to provide a range of affordable homes designed with and for local people, is partnering with The Surrey Community Housing Partnership to identify the types of homes most needed by the community.

The Surrey Community Housing Partnership is an initiative delivered by local charity, Surrey Community Action. The partnership is between Surrey Community Action and eight Surrey boroughs and districts including Waverley Borough Council. It supports people to form groups like Homes for Farnham and develop not-for-profit housing.

By taking part in the survey, the community can take an active role in the provision of affordable housing in Farnham for people with local connections who cannot afford to live locally.

Community led housing is relatively new to Surrey but a number of community groups are forming, developing plans and starting to engage the community.  Homes for Farnham are also actively recruiting people of all ages with a range of skills to help them - experience or an interest in PR, finance, design and architecture, leadership or business planning is particularly welcome.

Surrey Community Action’s Rural Housing Enabler, Louise Williams said: “Surrey remains one of the most expensive areas in England to live, with the average price of a property exceeding £516,000 and rent is also increasingly unaffordable too. Community led housing is built by the community to meet the needs of the community which is why it’s really important for local people to take part in the survey.”

Rob Simpson of Homes for Farnham adds: “We are delighted to see the Housing Needs Survey going out to people in Farnham. This is our first step in asking the town’s residents to engage with a new approach to providing genuinely affordable housing in and around Farnham. We hope that community led housing will generate solutions for local people who can’t find what they need in the current housing market.”

The survey can be found  here.

For more information, contact Surrey Community Action’s Rural Housing Enabler, Louise Williams by email louisew@surreyca.org.uk or call 01483 447141.