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£6m development could help those affected by bedroom tax

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

Left to right: Darren Blake, Home Group head of development, Richard Payne, Development Director Weston Homes and Jack Burnham, Partnership Development Manager for Weston Homes Left to right: Darren Blake, Home Group head of development, Richard Payne, Development Director Weston Homes and Jack Burnham, Partnership Development Manager for Weston Homes

A MULTI million pound affordable housing development which could help those affected by the bedroom tax has been officially opened.

Home Group, one of the UK’s largest affordable housing suppliers, has unveiled its latest development of 49 homes in Colchester. The homes have been built by Weston Homes and form part of its flagship development, Hawkins Wharf.

The one and two bedroom flats have been built in the River Colne regeneration area and almost half of the properties are one bedroom homes.

Smaller properties, especially one bedroom homes have been in demand since the introduction of the under occupancy charge more commonly known as the ‘bedroom tax’ which has seen the Government cut housing benefit for those with a spare room.

The £6m development will see all of the homes available for people on local housing waiting lists in desperate need of a home.

Darren Blake, Home Group head of development, said: “We’re delighted to have unveiled these new homes today which will help tackle the shortage of affordable rental properties in the area.

“This £6m investment is the first of three developments Home Group is building in Colchester. As a not for profit housing provider we’re committed to building homes for those who need them.”

The homes have been built by Essex based firm Weston Homes. The scheme has received funding of £850,000 from the Homes and Communities Agency and £105,000 from Colchester Borough Council.

Bob Weston, CEO of Weston Homes, said: “We are delighted to be working with Home Group to deliver much needed affordable housing to the local area. There is a high demand for one and two bedroom homes in Colchester and it is a real pleasure to work with Home Group to provide a home to those in desperate need for one.”

The flats have been built on the site of a former timber merchant in an area which is undergoing regeneration. The 20 one bedroom flats and 29 two bedroom flats have been built to meet level 3 of the code for sustainable homes. They include environmentally efficiency measures including low water consumption and high levels of insulation.

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