New homes for Sawtry
Published by keeley for Longhurst Group in Housing and also in Communities
Some of the properties at the Sawtry scheme
A housing association is celebrating the first hand over of properties at a new housing development that is set to bring 76 affordable family homes to the village of Sawtry.
These are the first properties to be built in Huntingdonshire for affordable housing provider, L&H Homes, working in partnership with Persimmon Homes, to deliver the much needed homes.
On top of a supply of affordable homes and over 100 further homes for market sale at the site, local residents will also benefit from a nature reserve and a number of green open spaces that have been incorporated into the scheme’s design to maintain the village’s rural heritage.
“There’s been a rapid growth in demand for homes in rural areas, including in Sawtry. It’s an ideal location for L&H Homes to work in to ease this demand for affordable housing and we’re very pleased to be venturing into a new area. We’ve got great working relationships and are really proud of our reputation in the surrounding area in places like Peterborough and King’s Lynn. We are very pleased to be working so closely with Huntingdonshire District Council to ensure we’re delivering what is needed, whilst continuing our strong partnership with Persimmon” said Mike Hardy, Managing Director of L&H Homes.
Figures published by the National Housing Federation show that years of not building enough homes in the East of England will push rents in the region up by nearly two thirds (64%) in just ten years, from £687 per month to £1,127 per month, compared to a 59% increase nationwide. House prices in the East will rise 52%, from £238,200 to £361,400, compared to a 50% increase nationwide.
Of the 76 affordable homes, 52 will be for rent with the remaining 24 homes available for purchase through L&H Homes’ shared ownership scheme. The first handover of properties is set to take place in late August upon the completion of six rented properties. The homes are being allocated by the council through Choice Based Lettings.
 Forecasts from Housing Market Analysis report for National Housing Federation, Oxford Economics, August 2012.