Families delighted to move into new homes
Published by keeley for Longhurst Group in Housing and also in Communities
Belinda and her daughter outside their new home.
Following the handover of six properties at a development in the village of Sawtry, the first residents have been settling in to the much needed properties, some of them extremely relieved to be moving in to a home they can afford.
There is a growing need for affordable housing within Huntingdonshire, a trend that is emerging across the country. Figures published by the National Housing Federation, the national housing and regeneration agency for England, 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.
For Tammy and her family their 4 bedroom home couldn’t have come sooner. “We were in private rent before we moved here and have been on the housing register since May because our landlord took the house back. Since then we’d been living with family and were just living in their conservatory.” With children aged 18, 14 and 7, it was becoming a bit of a squeeze and Tammy was getting anxious. “We’re lucky to have found this house and so soon. The rent is so much more affordable than renting privately and there’s a lot less worry about having to move out at short notice and dealing with all the added costs of moving unexpectedly. I feel really privileged to have been given this house in such a lovely village.”
Belinda’s family, which totals 6 since her daughter had a baby a few months ago have been waiting two years on the housing register, “We’ve been on the waiting list since 2011 and there aren’t many four bedroom properties that become available so we’re really lucky. We’d been living in a privately rented 5 bedroom house before we moved here but we had to leave because the owner sold the house. Even though we’re downsizing there’s still a lot of living space so it will suit us really well; as I collect Employment and Support Allowance it was really important that we found somewhere that would suit our long term needs, especially for things like Housing Benefit now the Bedroom Tax has come in.”
The scheme at Sawtry, which is being delivered by affordable housing provider, L&H Homes and developer Persimmon Homes, will eventually provide 76 affordable homes which will be owned by L&H Homes, as well as a further 100 homes for market sale through Persimmon Homes.