• Wells next-the-Sea

    Among the most popular of the UK's coastal towns

  • Beautiful, but very expensive homes

    Priced well out of reach of local young working families

  • HfW trustees are all volunteers

  • The Old School is a fabulous project

    Now completed has provided 10 new homes

  • With help with Funding from North Norfolk District Council

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Housing Needs Survey 2017

Our last Housing Needs Survey was undertaken in 2011 and proved invaluable in shaping our Board’s decision to acquire and redevelop the Old School (formerly the Wells Field Study Centre and SCIRA Headquarters) into 11 residential units, all of which have been fully occupied since completion in 2015.

Currently HfW has 17 properties accommodating 39 people. However at the present time, we have a further 27 families, totalling about 50 adults and children on our waiting list.
Recently significant changes took place to the HfW Board. David Fennell was appointed as our new chair and three additional new Board members were appointed, responsible for Finance, Housing and Development. Those that sit on our Board do so in a voluntary capacity.

Homes for Wells is looking to undertake an ambitious, new project in 2018 and to win support for such, we have to carry out a new Housing Needs Survey, to reflect the current needs of the community. The survey is being distributed to every household in Wells and its surrounding villages.  We are asking both permanent residents and second home owners to complete the survey and return the forms to us by the 31st January 2018. The survey can be returned to either the Homes for Wells office – Office 3 The Sackhouse, Jicklings Yard, Wells Next The Sea. NR23 1AU or the Wells Library or the Post Office, both located on Station Road in the centre of the Town.

Alternatively you can take the survey here, https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/JQN56JD 
The findings will be published here on the website.


Building a sustainable community on the North Norfolk coast.

Wells is quite simply a beautiful place to live. With over 2500 residents there are many wonderful families whose forefathers are intrinsically linked with the town’s own maritime and farming history.

A small town with over 1,200 households, its unique character and complete range of services have given it a huge popularity. Now with an increasing proportion of the houses owned by newcomers, it has become a victim of its own success!  As its popularity has risen with second homeowners and retiring folk, house prices have been pushed up to beyond the reach of the average typical income for local families. Our community is now threatened as many are forced to leave.

Since its launch in 2006, Homes for Wells has worked hard to create enough affordable properties for the essential workers, volunteers and local people who have a proven connection to the town.  A growing number of local families have so far been housed but there is still further need. These people, or ‘key workers,’ are those whose lives here make a significant contribution to the local community and its economy.  All the HfW key workers and their families are people in occupations or working in a voluntary capacity to provide essential services to the community of Wells, Warham, Wighton, Holkham and Stiffkey.  Low wages result in these people being unable to afford local housing. Without our help, this will result in their leaving the area, the essential services they work with being understaffed and the school’s roster being diminished.

The Old School Housing Project

The purchase in 2013 of the Victorian building which was Wells’ first school and is previously known as The Field Study Centre is a fantastic achievement for Homes for Wells. Work to create 10 delightful units within this beautiful building was completed in January 2015


The Caretakers situated at the back at The Old School was renovated and completed in March 2015.

All the properties have been let to applicants from our list who had been banded A, B, C (See our allocations policy here...). Homes for Wells now owns 16 properties which have all been let to local people many of whom are also keyworkers. Read more ....

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