Cotswold District Council propose changes to process of selling homes in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty
CHANGES are being proposed to the way in which former council owned properties in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Cirencester and the Cotswolds are sold.
Residents who purchased their council-owned property under the Right to Buy scheme are unable to sell their homes without first gaining consent from Cotswold District Council.
The reasoning for this is so that the properties, even though now privately owned, remain available to people who are from the local area.
CDC now wishes to make a number of changes to the marketing period and the residency and employment criteria that is in force when a person sells their home.
Currently a person eligible to buy a property in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty only has 28 days to make all the necessary financial arrangements.
CDC believe that this period is too short and propose to extend it to a maximum period of 12 months.
Cllr Sue Jepson, cabinet member for planning and housing, said: “At present we know that local people have often not been able to make the necessary arrangements to buy homes previously purchased under the Right to Buy scheme during the 28 day period.”
“We also want to amend the initial local eligibility criteria for those homes to include members of the armed forces.”
Further details on the consultation are due to be announced in the coming weeks with the final results being reported to the CDC cabinet in February.
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