MP Opens Housing Development in West Lynn

31/05/2012
Henry Bellingham MP officially opened a new affordable Hastoe housing development in Hare Road, West Lynn, on Wednesday 30 May.
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Caption: Henry Bellingham MP opens West Lynn with residents by his side

Hare Road is a high-quality scheme of 50 new homes, including 38 for rent and 12 for shared ownership. Working in partnership with the local authority, the homes were allocated to residents via the West Norfolk homes choice process. The homes were designed to help prevent residents from falling into fuel poverty by using high levels of insulation and solar panels.

Hastoe unlocked the unused Hare Road site as planning permission had previously been granted for 45 open market homes with 30% affordable housing, however due to the economic downturn was unable to start. Hastoe obtained grant funding from the Homes and Communities Agency to provide these much needed affordable homes.

The scheme has achieved Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 and provides a good mix of affordable accommodation in an area of high housing need. The homes have been strategically devised in order to best meet an identified housing need.

A break-down of the property types is as follows:
Rent
5 x 2 bed bungalows; 8 x 2 bed flats; 12 x 2 bed houses; 10 x 3 bed houses and 3 x 4 bed houses
Shared Ownership
8 x 2 bed houses and 4 x 3 bed houses

Henry Bellingham MP commented:
“This is the second Hastoe scheme I have had the honour to open. I’m a complete supporter of Hastoe as they build high quality homes that people want to live in. They embrace energy efficient building methods that others need to follow and these houses are a major asset to the community.”

The District council Mayor, Cllr Geoffrey Wareham, attended the opening and commented:
“I have only been Mayor for 5 days and this is my first housing scheme opening and having seen this development I want to see more. The properties are built to a very high standard and fit into the village well. If you didn’t know they were new you would think they had been there a long time as they blend in so well.”

John Lefever, Regional Head of Development, for Hastoe East region comments:
“We are delighted to have been able to build these much needed new homes in partnership with the local authority. We are grateful to the Homes and Communities Agency for the investment that helped make it possible.”

With support from the Homes and Communities Agency, Borough Council of Kings Lynn & West Norfolk, Stepford Homes and Davis Langdon the homes were completed in January 2012.

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