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Home Group increases provision in National Park

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Published by M Parker for Home Group in Housing and also in Communities

Home Group customer Liz Darling, partner Heath Mortimer and Home Group project manager Vicky Hannah Home Group customer Liz Darling, partner Heath Mortimer and Home Group project manager Vicky Hannah

ONE of the UK’s largest social housing providers has built new homes for local people in a Lake District town.

Home Group has built six new homes in Windermere which will only be available to rent to local people. The homes have been built with a local occupancy clause attached to help tackle the issue of local people being forced out of the town they grew up or work in.

The tourist town is popular with second homeowners meaning property prices are pushed beyond the reaches of many and rental properties are often aimed at the holiday market.

Home Group has built four three bedroom houses and two two bedroom flats in the Whinfield Road and Orrest Drive areas of the town. The properties were built on land which had previously been owned by the local authority.

One of those to move into the properties is Liz Darling. The 34-year-old receptionist has moved into one of the two bedroom flats.

She said: “I grew up in the town and I work here. I’ve lived all my life in the area but property prices are sky high.

“I had been living in private rented accommodation but a period in which my rent was fixed was due to come to an end and then it would have been unaffordable.

"It’s great that more social housing has been built. I have a great view of the park and the flat itself is lovely and warm. It’s a very nice home.”

The six properties have been built at a total cost of more than £900,000. Figures from the National Housing Federation show that the average cost of a home in South Lakeland is £224,506.

Average incomes are £18,756 but the average income needed for a mortgage stands at £48,108.

Vicky Hannah, Home Group project manager, said: “We’re delighted to have been able to build homes in this sought after area. South Lakeland Council provided us with the land with the condition that the homes had a local occupancy clause.

“We were happy to comply with that. As a not for profit social landlord our main reason for being is to provide housing for people who need it and create strong communities. These homes have been allocated to local people and they will always continue to be occupied by local people.”

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