Former Factory Site Given New Lease of Life
Published by keeley for Longhurst Group in Housing and also in Communities
Representatives from L&H Homes, Westleigh Developments, Peterborough City Council and RG&P Architects celebrated the hand over
L&H Homes are celebrating the hand over of the first six properties at its new housing scheme, Hatton Grange, Windsor Avenue. The development will provide 85 affordable family homes close to the centre of Peterborough.
Making use of a brownfield site, which once featured a factory that built parts for the Titanic and later, components of fighting aircraft during World War One and World War Two, the homes are being built as part of L&H Homes’ commitment to invest £20 million over the next year to deliver over 170 new properties in Peterborough. The association is responding to the growing demand for affordable homes in the city by regenerating areas such as the Windsor Avenue factory site and the former bakery on Midland Road.
Work to transform the Windsor Avenue site began in September last year and is set to cost nearly £10 million, including a £230,000 grant from Peterborough City Council, which enabled L&H Homes to provide a further 13 affordable homes.
The first properties to be handed over to L&H Homes are available for shared ownership, and some through the government’s ‘Help to Buy’ scheme. Hatton Grange will offer a variety of rent and home ownership options including L&H Homes’ new market rent product, intermediate rent, shared ownership and ‘Help to Buy’ to reflect local housing needs. Many of the rented homes will be allocated through Choice Based Lettings.
“We’re very much enjoying working with both Peterborough City Council and Westleigh Developments on these vital developments. To meet local needs, we will be providing a variety of tenures and this is the first development where L&H Homes has been able to offer both market rent housing and the government’s ‘Help to Buy’ scheme. In line with the needs of the community, our plans have also made room for public open space.” said Mike Hardy, Managing Director of L&H Homes.
Leader of the Council, Cllr Marco Cereste, added, “Bringing brownfield sites back into use is an essential part of meeting the growing housing need in Peterborough. Both developments off Windsor Avenue and Midland Road give residents easy access to local amenities within existing communities as well as giving disused land a real purpose once again.”