Hinkley housing projects
Somerset West and Taunton Council receives funding from EDF to manage the impacts of Hinkley Point C workers on the housing and rental markets in the district.
A new strategy and plan was signed off by Full Council in September 2020. This included the recruitment of a new Hinkley Housing Delivery Officer.
The new Delivery Officer joined Somerset West and Taunton in March 2021 and is tasked with both starting new housing initiatives and boosting existing schemes in the regions affected by Hinkley, to help people acquire and sustain accommodation in the areas local to them.
The following housing schemes are already in place - supporting people with their housing needs, and solving accommodation issues:
Home Moves Plus
This scheme is run by Magna Housing in West Somerset and by a dedicated officer at SWT for the Taunton area. The project supports those in social housing who are under or over-occupying properties, and need to move – freeing-up essential bedroom space for bigger households, and making smaller properties available to individuals or couples when larger families outgrow them:
Tenant Ready Scheme
The Tenant Ready Scheme is focused on enabling and assisting individuals at risk of homelessness to access their own independent accommodation, as well as equipping them with the skills to ensure their move is safe and sustainable.
Information on the other new schemes being developed as part of the Hinkley Housing Solutions Project will be posted here as each one gets up-and-running. Queries regarding the project should be sent using the online general enquiries form and will be forwarded to the Project Delivery Officer.