IMPORTANT DEADLINE – Category A Tenants

IMPORTANT REMINDER FOR CATEGORY A TENANTS

If you have been living at Heyford Park before or during the Housing Survey that was completed in March 2012 under the Local Lettings Plan (uploaded to Heyford Regeneration’s website), this means that you have Category A status and therefore have first priority for a new build affordable rental unit at Heyford Park. The Local Lettings Plan also offers Category A tenants the ability to be matched to properties that are larger than you would usually be offered under the Council’s housing allocation policy (subject to affordability).

When a property becomes available for rent, Heyford Regeneration and Cherwell District Council are only able to match properties to tenants who have registered on Cherwell’s Housing Register. The Council and Heyford Regeneration will seek to match the property to a resident who falls within Category A.

Despite repeated communication from both Heyford Regeneration and Cherwell District Council, some Category A tenants still have not registered themselves on Cherwell’s Housing Register. If we have processed all the Category A tenants who are currently registered on Cherwell’s Housing Register, then we will have no choice but to start offering the properties to the Category B tenants.  These are people moved to Heyford Park between April 2012 and June 2017.  We really do want to ensure those who have been made the offer of Category A status are able to take up the offer of a new home if they want this. It is therefore very important that any interested Category A tenants register themselves immediately before the options at Heyford Park begin to diminish.

Because the affordable housing is a limited resource, we do need to understand if residents in Category A want to take up this offer or are not interested in an affordable house at Heyford Park at this stage. If you have decided for certain that you do not want to take up the offer of a home, then please make either Teresa at Cherwell District Council, or Cat at Heyford Regeneration, aware of this. Both of their contact details have been provided below. If you do want to register with Cherwell both Cat and Teresa can advise you on how to do this.

 If any of the remaining Category A tenants are not registered by June 2018, they will automatically become a Category B tenant instead.  This is because we need to understand if we have met the original promise made in the Local Lettings Plan to house all Category A tenants who want to take up an offer of affordable housing at Heyford Park.

As a Category B tenant you will still have secondary priority for any affordable housing that is advertised.  You will not be directly matched to a property, but instead will need to bid on any properties on the Council’s choice based lettings system with the allocation being made to whoever is shortlisted under the terms of the Local lettings Plan and the Housing Allocation Policy.

IF YOU HAVE NOT TAKEN ANY ACTION YET, PLEASE DO SO AHEAD OF THE DEADLINE. CONTACT DETAILS CAN BE FOUND ON THE COPY LETTRS ATTACHED.

Letter to residents moving Cat B final time limit to register cat A

Defibrilator

The FREE SCHOOL have now got a defibrilator which is also available for Community Use. It is in a box on the outside of the Specialisms Campus (Sports Centre). There is a code to get into the box. During hours when the building is open the code is available from the office. Outside these times ring the AMBULANCE SERVICE on 999 and ask for the code.

Announcement About Refurbishment

IMPORTANT STATEMENT FROM DORCHESTER ABOUT REFURBISHMENT PLANS FOR THE BUNGALOWS

It has been brought to Dorchester’s attention by the Residents’ Association that there are some queries regarding the properties on Gordon Road, which recently have been advertised for rent via Right Move. Our understanding is that residents are confused as to why these properties are being re-advertised for new tenants when they are the next to be refurbished in accordance with the bungalow phasing plan that has previously been circulated.

As has been communicated by both Dorchester and Heyford Regeneration previously, Dorchester are not in line with the refurbishment dates that are depicted on the phasing plan, meaning the refurbishment timeline for all of the bungalows on site has slipped back. One of the reasons why no refurbishment work is yet to begin on these properties in phase 2 is because Dorchester are currently investigating whether a different refurbishment specification would be more appropriate on the south side of Camp Road, as well as whether there are options to complete the refurbishment whilst tenants are “in situ”, rather than having to move tenants in order to complete the entirety of the refurbishment at once.

For instance, we are exploring an option where the external refurbishment of the bungalow is completed first across the entirety of the site, which would allow for tenants to remain in their property for longer. Then, once all external refurbishments are complete, we would look to undertake the internal works. This would also provide a benefit in the sense it would allow for a greater proportion of affordable houses to be build complete by the time the internal works are due to begin, allowing tenants to move into their affordable Heyford Regeneration home at the first instance, rather than moving twice.

As I am sure you can appreciate, Dorchester will need to take some time to consider the logistics of these options before a firm decision can be made, but we will endeavour to inform all residents of both the new specification and the new timescales once we have the information to do so. During this pause, understandably we have decided to re-let these homes in order to ensure they stay in an occupiable condition.

In the meantime, it has been communicated to us by Heyford Regeneration that they will continue to use the current bungalow refurbishment phasing plan to offer priority for the affordable housing that has been delivered, and is due to be delivered over the next couple of months. I understand that Heyford Regeneration will also be looking to pass on a statement to the Residents’ Association regarding how any new plans of the bungalows could affect the Local Lettings Plan, and how they may prioritise for the affordable homes in the future.

Once again, I apologise that we do not have all the answers for you right now, but hopefully many of you will feel reassured that you will be able to remain in your current properties for longer than originally anticipated.

WE HAVE SAID THAT WE, THE RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION, WILL COLLECT ANY QUESTIONS YOU HAVE ABOUT THIS AND PASS THEM ON TO DORCHESTER WHO WILL THEN COME UP WITH ANSWERS INSOFAR AS THEY CAN. PLEASE POST YOUR QUESTIONS AS COMMENTS ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE HERE

https://www.facebook.com/hprcda?ref=bookmarks

OR ON THE HEYFORD PARK VILLAGE FACEBOOK GROUP HERE

https://www.facebook.com/groups/245053330884/