ChiddingfoldNews February 6, 2012
From English Rural Housing Association
01 February 2012 18:16
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English Rural Housing Association has been working in partnership with Chiddingfold Parish Council and Waverley Borough Council to research and build the affordable housing currently under construction at Ridgley Road, Chiddingfold.

The development is designed to help local people unable to afford market prices and includes both rented and shared ownership housing. In addition 4 affordable dwellings are being provided within the private development at Wildwood Close, both projects are being built by award winning Surrey builders, William Lacey Group.


English Rural Housing Association (English Rural) is a specialist housing association established with the aim of providing housing for people on lower incomes in rural areas. It is a not for profit organisation, and whilst we employ paid staff, our Management Board is voluntary. English Rural is registered with the government housing regulator, the Homes and Communities Agency.
Once the homes are completed English Rural will own and manage them to the benefit of the community, ensuring that the project continues to provide a happy and healthy environment for residents to live in.


In total 12 homes have been built at both developments, and include both rented and shared ownership properties. The developments will comprise 2 x 1 bedroom flats, 2 x 2 bedroom flats, 2 x 2 bedroom houses, and 2 x 3 bedroom houses for rent and 4 x 2 bedroom houses for sale on a shared ownership basis



The homes are newly built properties and come freshly decorated, with a fitted kitchen and bathroom. All flats will have a kitchen, lounge/dining room, bedroom/s and bathroom and all houses will have a kitchen/dining room, lounge, and cloakroom downstairs, with the bedrooms and main bathroom upstairs. All properties meet strict specifications and all homes will have plumbing, electrical and communication connections to suit the needs of new residents. The development will also be accredited with a Code for Sustainable Homes eco homes rating, ensuring that energy consumption and environmental impact has, and will be, kept to a minimum.
Externally the properties are designed to fit with the surrounding area and have used local materials and styles.
All rented properties are let on an assured tenancy and rent is payable by monthly standing order. Shared ownership properties are sold with a 99 year lease.


At Ridgley Road we have two 1 bedroom flats, two 2 bedroom houses and two 3 bedroom houses for rent. Weekly rents will vary from around £95 to around £130. There are also two 2 bedroom houses for sale on a shared ownership basis, and prices begin at £123,750 for a 45% share. At Wildwood Close there will be a 2 bedroom maisonette and a 2 bedroom flat for rent at approximately £120 per week, and two 2 bedroom houses for sale, priced from £129,250 for a 47% share. Service charge will be payable at both developments and will be in the region of £6.50 per week. A small amount of specified rent will be charged on the unsold share, this should be around £230.00 per month. To understand more about our form of shared ownership please read the enclosed booklet. Please note that the figures quoted may be subject to change.


All the properties are allocated on a local needs basis which has been agreed by English Rural and Waverley Borough Council. This means that all applicants must have a connection to the parish to qualify, generally through several years residency (past/present), close family or employment (local connections will be verified by the Parish Council). When allocating properties we will be assessing your financial status and current housing circumstances. A full copy of the Allocations Policy and Procedure is available on request. If you are interested in applying for the rented properties, you will need to register and bid through the Waverley Homechoice scheme, operated by Waverley Borough Council. If you do not then we will not be able to consider allocating one to you. More information about HomeChoice can be obtained by;

English Rural Housing Association Logo Calling the HomeChoice team on 01483 523121

or visiting their website at

Once the application deadline has passed we will review the information you have provided and make a decision to interview you or not. If you are selected for an interview a Housing Manager will visit you in your home and discuss your circumstances in more detail, from this visit they will produce a report on which allocations will be based.
For more information on the properties and applications,
please contact Steven Bland of English Rural on 0207 820 7930


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