Lowestoft Town’s Craig Fleming officially ‘cuts ribbon’ at £2.5m Orbit East housing development
Published by Orbit East & South for Orbit East in Housing and also in Communities
Craig Fleming, Director of Football at Lowestoft Town Football Club, presided over the official opening of Orbit East’s affordable new housing development atCompass StreetinLowestoftyesterday.
The opening ceremony, provided an opportunity for local authority leaders, councillors, partners and residents to view the new housing scheme, which has been praised for its design and visual impact.
Building contractor Dove Jeffrey joined forces with Orbit East to host the event at the 23-property development, which completed in August 2013. The site transforms some of the former Waveney District Council offices and High Street car park into affordable housing for the Town.
The homes accommodate a range of households, comprising 12 one and two bedroom flats for smaller households and eleven family houses, providing much needed affordable housing in the Town centre location.
The site was secured by DoveJeffreyHomes, who achieved planning approval and brought the scheme together, with Orbit East taking on the homes once complete. The total scheme cost was around £2.5 million, with Orbit securing £874,000 from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) in addition to their own development loan, to complete the scheme. The site was included in Waveney’s Local Development Framework as an area for redevelopment at the ‘Northern end of the historic High Street in the North Lowestoft Conservation Area’.
Following yesterday’s ceremony, guests moved to the adjacent Town Hall offices and met the construction team, councillors and Orbit East staff – and enjoyed chatting to local football celebrity Craig Fleming!
Paul High, Executive Director of Orbit Homes said “This was an ideal opportunity to showcase the hard work and expertise demonstrated by all involved in the project. We are very proud that these high quality new homes will provide affordable accommodation to the people ofLowestoftfor many years to come.”
Sue Allen Cabinet Member for Housing at Waveney District Council added “I am delighted to see this scheme come to fruition, the feedback from local people has been very positive and points the way forward for the regeneration of this part of the Town”
Chris Dove, Director of Dove Jeffrey Homes, also commented on how pleased he was with the success of the scheme.