Kemi Badenoch MP opens 34 rural affordable homes in Newport

05/10/2018
Kemi Badenoch MP opened 34 new affordable homes in the village of Newport, Essex, on Friday 28th September.

 

Built by rural housing specialists Hastoe Housing Association, 25 of the properties are for affordable rent, while a further nine are for shared ownership. All the homes are prioritised for people with a connection to Newport and will be kept affordable forever for local people.

Kate Carter, who has moved into one of the new shared ownership properties with her husband and two daughters, said:

“We could not imagine living anywhere else…it is the perfect house for our family. We are so grateful we are able to stay living in the village we love so much.”

 

Vicky Penther, who occupies one of the rented properties, said:

“I lived in Newport until I was 28. I always wanted to stay in Newport, but at the time there was no housing so we had to move out of the village. It means so much to be back in my village where I grew up, went to school and have made memories. Now my son can do the same.”

Upon cutting the ribbon to officially open the new scheme, Mrs Badenoch praised the organisations who had helped deliver the new homes. She said:

“I’m very proud of Hastoe and the people in this community, whether it’s the Salmon family who provided the land or Newport Parish Council who are doing so much to try and preserve what is great about this community. These homes will be affordable for local people and help preserve the sense of community in Newport.”

Present at the event were representatives from Newport Parish Council and Uttlesford District Council, which provided over half a million pounds of grant funding towards the scheme, along with over £450,000 from the government body, Homes England.

Cllr Julie Redfern, Cabinet Member for Housing at Uttlesford District Council, said:

“Uttlesford District Council are committed to delivering affordable housing across the district and Hastoe have been our partners for Rural Exception Sites for many years. Being able to support Hastoe is something we were pleased to be able to do and to see this excellent site in Newport completed and occupied was wonderful way to spend a Friday morning! Rural Exception Sites are so important for this district I would encourage all of our Parish Councils to think about this type of housing and to contact Hastoe if they have the right housing need.”

Cllr Andrew Yarwood, Chairman of Newport Parish, said:

“The partnership involved to develop this site was absolutely critical. Newport Parish Council has now worked Hastoe for a number of years to make these affordable homes for people from or with a strong family connection to Newport a reality. Whilst Newport Parish Council has opposed the open market schemes we supported the Hastoe scheme because these homes were needed as the comments by Salmon Field residents show.”

The homes will now be managed by Hastoe Housing Association. Their Chief Executive, Andrew Potter, said:

“It was a pleasure to open the homes and see so many local families to be thrilled to have moved in. In Uttlesford District, average house prices are more than 13 times average wages, meaning many families are forced to move out of the rural areas hey grew up in. So it’s important that these homes will be kept affordable forever for local people.”

 

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