Planning Application 21/04190/S73

Torus has submitted a new planning application for the development with revised measurements.

The reference for the planning application is 21/04190/S73.

Kingsley Parish Council has no planning objection regarding the application, subject to a satisfactory settlement being reached with neighbouring properties.

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Higher Heyes – New Planning Application

Torus is expected to submit a new planning application in the coming weeks for the development following a discovery that the position of the dwellings differ to those which were approved by Cheshire West and Chester Council.

As a result of this, Torus is unable to progress with sales at this time.

Torus has advised they are currently liaising with customers who are in the process of purchasing and will be covering out of pocket expenses for purchasers who are effected.

Higher Heyes Update – Rural Repurchase Scheme

Torus have been advertising the Shared Ownership properties to those with a local connection to Kingsley since 13 January 2021.

Interest in the properties has been steady, however issues have been experienced an issue in relation to lenders and mortgage availability.

The Affordable Housing Statement for the development was initially drafted to include restricted staircasing at 80%.

However, purchasers have been experiencing difficulties sourcing a mortgage due to this restriction.

Torus have been looking for a solution to resolve this matter. There is an alternative solution which would enable Torus to retain these properties for affordable housing in perpetuity whilst at the same time increasing the number of lenders available to purchasers. This would be through a Rural Repurchase Scheme.

The Rural Repurchase Scheme would remove the 80% restriction and enable purchasers to source a mortgage from all twenty-two lenders currently offering Shared Ownership products. What it would mean is that when a
purchaser staircases to 100%, and wishes to sell their property, Torus would repurchase the property and re-market it on a Shared Ownership basis. Where the purchaser has staircased to 100% the freehold would remain
with Torus to enable them to control this process.

Torus have approached Cheshire West and Chester to highlight this issue and outline the proposed solution.

Higher Heyes – Properties Selling Fast!

With the construction of Higher Heyes due to complete in March, Torus Housing Association have advised there has been significant interest in the properties with twenty-seven enquiries which have so far resulted in thirteen applications – seven of which have been approved (four awaiting mortgage confirmation and three awaiting an exchange of contracts).

There has been a fantastic uptake from Kingsley residents, or those with a local connection, and it is hoped this will continue to ensure the remaining properties best serve those in the area who are most in need of affordable and accessible housing.

Torus Housing Association have compiled some responses to frequently asked questions which can be found here.

Any questions regarding eligibility should be directed to Torus Housing Association by calling Rebecca on 07734 881 063 or emailing .

Higher Heyes

The Higher Heyes development is now nearing completion and Torus Housing Association have advised they will shortly be issuing this leaflet to every household in Kingsley Parish detailing how to apply for the shared ownership properties.

Applicants must meet a ‘local connection’ criteria and any questions regarding eligibility should be directed to Torus Housing Association by calling Rebecca on 07734 881 063 or emailing .

It should be noted that the properties are available to applicants who can evidence a housing need, including (but not limited to) first time buyers, people returning to the market (eg after a relationship breakdown), and current property owners looking to downsize or ‘rightsize’ who would otherwise be unable to purchase a property on the open market due to restrictive deposit or mortgage requirements.

Priority will be given to those in the local area who have resided in Kingsley for the 12 months prior to application or previously resided in Kingsley for a period of at least five years. Applicants are also eligible if they are permanently employed in the Parish or have immediate family who currently reside in Kingsley and have done so continuously for five years.

It is understood that all fifteen properties will be released onto the market at the same time in early Spring and any residents wishing to take advantage of this opportunity should contact Torus Housing Association as soon as possible.

To keep up-to-date with the latest Higher Heyes news, please click here to be redirected to the Kingsley Village website.