Hastoe officially opens a new affordable housing development in Tollesbury

18/07/2014
Hastoe has officially opened a new housing development of 10 affordable homes for local people in Tollesbury, Essex.

TollesburyThe tenure mix is 2 x 1 bed flats, 4 x 2 bed houses, 3 x 3 bed houses and 1 x 3 bed house all for affordable rent. As a rural exception site development, priority for the affordable houses is for local people now and in the future.

Hastoe first contacted Tollesbury Parish Council in 2009 with the proposal for an affordable housing scheme in the area. Hastoe worked in partnership with the Parish Council to find a suitable site and developed the development on land made available by a local landowner.

The scheme is named after the late Councillor Russell Porter who was elected to represent Tollesbury (East) in May 2011. With his undoubted enthusiasm and dedication he proved to be very popular in Tollesbury and Maldon. He played a big part in the negotiations and the subsequent planning discussions regarding this development in Tollesbury. His strong involvement with Hastoe, the Parish Council and local people contributed to the success of the scheme

The development has achieved Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4. Features include: Air Source Heat Pumps, Photovoltaic panels to the two flats, improved insulation and air tightness, water saving taps and shower fittings, low energy lighting, recycling facilities, bicycle storage and water butts.

With the support of the Homes and Communities Agency and Maldon District Council the homes were completed in March 2014.

Cllr Mrs Brenda Harker, Vice-Chairman of the Council’s Community Services Committee said: “I am delighted that this scheme, which has been developed in partnership with Hastoe Housing Association, Tollesbury Parish Council, The Rural Community Council and Maldon District Council, is providing affordable local homes for local people.  This development is a great example of how we can meet our housing needs in our rural areas and ensure that local people still have the opportunity to live and work in their local area.  I am particularly pleased that this development has been named after the late Russell Porter, former Ward Councillor, who had worked so hard to ensure its success, it is a fitting tribute to him”.

Kevin Hartnett, Business Development Director, at Hastoe, said: “We are pleased we could provide these much-needed affordable homes for the local people in Tollesbury, where local private rents and home ownership can often be out of reach. At Hastoe, we deliver homes that people can afford, we invest in people and communities and we are in it for the long-term.”

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