Circle Housing development named top affordable scheme
Published by Anonymous for Circle in Housing and also in Communities
A development of homes which will always be reserved for people with a local connection to a Surrey village has this week been named one of the country’s best affordable housing schemes.
Darbyshire Road in Newdigate was developed by Circle Housing Mole Valley last year to provide eight social rent and four shared ownership homes for people otherwise at risk of being priced out of the area.
It is among just 50 schemes to have this week been selected by Inside Housing magazine for a prestigious list of the top UK affordable developments.
This is the second year running Circle Housing has been listed by Inside Housing after Circle Housing Old Ford’s £80 million Orchard Village regeneration project in Rainham, London, was included in last year’s top 50.
Stephanie Basford.is among residents with a long-standing connection to Newdigate to have moved into the scheme last November. She said: “I am originally from Newdigate and most of my close family still lives in the village. It is lovely to return to live in the place where I was brought up.”
Funding for the new homes was secured by Circle Housing Mole Valley from the government’s Affordable Homes Programme and Mole Valley District Council. 80% of villagers backed plans for more affordable homes in a survey carried out by Newdigate Parish Council before work began.
David Searle, Managing Director at Circle Housing Mole Valley said: “For these twelve homes to be named as one of Inside Housing magazine’s top 50 affordable housing developments in the country is a fantastic recognition of the success of the scheme. It is proof of how housing providers, local councils and landowners can meet the demand for affordable homes in expensive rural areas.”
“We’re proud that these homes are helping people connected with Newdigate to be closer to their families and jobs when they would otherwise be forced to live much further away. “
Inside Housing magazine’s top 50 UK affordable developments showcases the most inspiring, innovative and exciting affordable housing developments in the UK.
The development is now in the running two First Time Buyer awards, which celebrate the very best properties for first time buyers. To find out more about and vote visit www.ftbawards.com.