1.1 Cumbria Choice is the new way for Registered Providers to let properties across the county. The scheme allows registered applicants to choose where they want to live from the housing that is available. Properties will be advertised and the applicants can express an interest in the properties that meet their requirements. The applicant with the highest priority who has bid for a given property will be offered that property.
1.2 However it is important that in certain parishes, only local people are allowed to bid for properties. A local lettings policy has been adopted by Allerdale Borough Council to enable applicants with a local connection to the parishes referred to in point 1.5 to be given priority over other applicants who have no local connection whatever Band the applicants has been placed into.
1.3 The parishes where housing is to be restricted are: Cockermouth, Keswick, Borrowdale, Above Derwent, Lorton, Caldbeck, Underskiddaw, Bassenthwaite, St Johns, Castlerigg and Wythburn.
1.4 These parishes have lost many properties through Right to Buy and the few remaining homes in these parishes are rarely available for re-letting to local people at an affordable rent. In addition, it is difficult to get planning permission in these parishes and therefore it has been agreed that when properties become empty they are only allocated to local people who have links with their community and who help contribute to a sustainable local community.
1.5 To qualify for a property in these named parishes, the applicant must satisfy one of the following criteria:
1.6 Applicants will have to confirm that the details supplied are true and correct and no false information is supplied. If the Registered Provider grants a tenancy on the basis of information that is false, or misleading, steps will be taken to repossess the property.
1.7 The policy may be extended and monitored in the future, if particular parishes develop a greater housing need and if applicants who meet the above criteria begin to find it difficult to be allocated a home compared to applicants who have no qualifying criteria.
(Adopted by Allerdale Borough Council
13th October 2011)