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Fiona - Electric Tricycle User, Age 51. 'I purchased an electric tricycle as I have Multiple Sclerosis and can no longer ride a bicycle due to poor balance and mobility issues. I have found that being out on my tricycle that my fitness has improved and it has had an impact on weight loss. With the pedal assist I am still able to pedal and use my legs which is important to keep my muscles active, reduce numbness and I am also able to cycle further including hills and this also helps with fatigue as I tire easily. I have enjoyed being able to access local rural areas which has had a positive impact on my mental health and wellbeing, especially during this difficult time due to Covid-19 and being isolated as a clinically vulnerable person. This has meant that I have been able to get out of the house and feel safe whilst exercising. There are a lot of support groups on social media where I have met other like minded cyclists who have offered invaluable support and advice and I have met up with another lady tricycle rider as a riding companion.'
Mrs Surfleet a registered customer of the car scheme thanked HWRA for an excellent service and also to personally thank the driver, Terry for his help and assitance in providing transport to her medical appointment.
Wheels to Work North Lincolnshire Scheme - John from Grimsby ‘I joined the scheme in 2021 after hearing about it from a family member. I was in need of transport to get to and from work as I had my motorbike stolen and was not able to replace it. As a short-term arrangement I was relying on a family member to take and pick me up from work. For me the key benefit of the wheels to work scheme was that it provided me with a scooter that enabled me to get to and from work, it also gave me back independence and freedom. I would definitely recommend the scheme and I have done so to friends who are need of transport to get to work. Don’t’ underestimate the scooters as they are extremely reliable . My experience of the scheme was great, and I was glad that I was successful in receiving a scooter via the scheme’.
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Community-Led Housing and the Custom and Self Build Promotion by the Government

24th May 2022

As many CLH groups commission their builds, they would come under the umbrella of community custom or even self build  -  (Broadhempston CLT - Devon) and this has been recognised by the self/custom build sector, the individuals also need to be the occupants to qualify. Richard Bacon MP pushed through the legislation and he is very keen on CLH to be an important component of innovative ways of housing delivery, he takes a lot of inspiration from Europe especially The Netherlands and particularly likes CO-OPs…..he wants scale.

He has been commissioned by the prime minister to deliver a report on how more schemes can come forward, and Richard is now looking for some great examples.  See document below.

The local authorities need to be mindful about this way of housing delivery and legislation and statutory duties are placed on all English local authorities.

  • Every council must keep and promote a register of those who wish to build or commission their own home.
  • Every council must ensure that they permission enough plots to meet the demand on their registers.
  • Relevant authorities should use preferences expressed by those on the register to guide its decisions when looking at how to meet its duty.
  • The first date relevant authorities needed to meet their legal duty was 30 October 2019.

This is what to look out for when discussing Self/custom build

  • Self-build and Custom House Building Act 2015
  • Housing and Planning Act 2016
  • Associated Statutory Instruments
  • National Planning Policy Guidance

Central government has produced a document that explains the new Help to Build Loan Scheme

Review of Custom and Self Build homes by Richard Bacon MP

In our region this is important as local authorities are preparing their long term local plans and this has the potential to promote the opportunity of CLH within planning policy at local authority.

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