Lavenham locals benefit from new homes

15/09/2010
15 September 2010Guests join Tim Yeo MP at the Lavenham Opening

On Tuesday 14 September Mr Tim Yeo MP and Councillor David Wood, Chairman of Babergh District Council planted a tree to officially open seven new affordable homes for local people at Brent Eleigh Road, Lavenham. The project provides seven two and three bedroom affordable houses to rent for local people.  The tree was planted in memory of the late Mrs Howard who donated the land.

The development was originally in the hands of the Rural Housing Trust but was taken on by Hastoe when the Trust ceased developing.

Councillor David Wood said: “Babergh is delighted with this new development and the strong partnership working between ourselves, the Parish Council, and Hastoe Housing Association. Our villages and communities are the lifeblood of our district and only by ensuring that everyone can access good quality homes can we ensure their future and sustainability."

“These homes have been designed specifically to fit in with their surroundings – in this case one of the district’s flagship tourist hotspots. Babergh aims to bring the best quality affordable homes to all areas of the district so any parishes that may have reservations in the past can be reassured by this scheme. I am delighted that seven local families have been given the opportunity to continue to live in an area that otherwise may have been out of their reach."

Lyn Gurling, Chairman of Lavenham Parish Council, said: “Schemes such as this are so important to the future well-being of our community. We have waited ten years to have these homes and I cannot believe that we now have them and young families are happily living there. I cannot thank Hastoe enough for picking up the baton. I hope the success of this scheme will encourage other local landowners to offer sites so that we can provide even more affordable housing for local people."

Isobel Wright, Hastoe’s Development Officer for the area said: “Lavenham is one of the best preserved medieval villages in the country and our scheme has been designed to reflect this historic importance. This project could not have come to fruition without the hard work and commitment of both Lavenham Parish Council and Babergh District Council.”

The properties were designed to meet Code for Sustainable Homes level 3. This effectively requires a 25% improvement on the current building regulations for energy use. Water usage has also been reduced and controlled and a number of features to improve the ecological value of the site over its undeveloped state have been incorporated. The use of solar panels will reduce energy bills for the residents.

The Homes and Communities Agency provided £584,500 in funding with the remainder coming from Hastoe. The scheme architects were Vohmann Clerk and the contractors Duncan Cameron Hutchinson.

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For more information please contact: Rebecca Beaumont of Hastoe on 0208 973 0437 or rbeaumont@hastoe.com.
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