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£1.9m development provides affordable homes

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Published by M Parker for Home Group in Housing and also in Local Government

L to R: Ian Tallentire, Councillor Gerald Bell and Evette Callender. L to R: Ian Tallentire, Councillor Gerald Bell and Evette Callender.

AN AFFORDABLE housing development which provides homes for 26 families has been officially opened.

Home Group held a tree planting ceremony with customers of its Andrew Court development in Newcastle to officially mark completion of the £1.9m scheme and give a chance for residents to get to know each other.

The scheme was officially opened by Newcastle City Councillor Gerald Bell, Home Group’s director of development, Ian Tallentire and Andrew Court resident Evette Callender.

The trio planted a tree in the communal grounds of the development of 23 two bedroom flats and three two bedroom houses.

Coun Bell, cabinet member for investment and development, said: “I know the community in Walker very well having grown up here and attended the local school and I know what a difference this development will make for hard working families looking for affordable homes in the area.

“This is a great example of what we can achieve with our partners to deliver much needed homes by prioritising urban and brownfield sites in the city.”

Home Group commissioned VINCI Construction UK to build the homes on the junction of Welbeck Road and Westbourne Avenue. The building was constructed using a timber frame and designed by P+HS architects to incorporate high levels of insulation, photovoltaic panels and rainwater harvesting.

Mr Tallentire said: “The properties we built here will provide good quality homes for generations of families. Home Group exists to provide good quality affordable homes for those who need them and it’s always rewarding to meet our customers. I’ve heard from Evette today just how much she and her daughter are enjoying living in their flat.”

Ms Callender, 40, said: “I was really pleased to be asked to take part in the opening ceremony. Myself and my daughter are really enjoying life here.

“The flat is a huge improvement on where I used to live. It’s really easy to keep warm compared to my old home and that’s a real bonus when you’re on a limited income.

“The neighbours are all very nice and there’s a real sense of community here even though we’ve all only lived here a short time.”

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