King Street Housing, bpha open rural homes in Cambridgeshire
Published by Brian Church for 24dash.com in Housing
Ten new rural affordable homes for the village of Fowlmere in south Cambridgeshire have been officially opened.
The five rental and five shared ownership properties are exclusively for local people.
King Street Housing chair Di Ware and parish and district councillor Deborah Roberts carried out the opening ceremony at The Triangle.
The two and three-bedroom houses were built by Lovell in partnership with affordable housing providers bpha and King Street Housing.
Representatives from King Street Housing, bpha, Lovell, Fowlmere Parish Council, South Cambridgeshire District Council and funders Barclays met some of the first residents, and looked around the development.
King Street Housing chief executive Craig Glasper said: "Rising house prices mean that many young people and families on modest incomes are effectively locked out of the rural housing market and being forced to leave the communities where they have grown up and have their roots.
"This development will provide local people with high-quality homes they can afford and enable them to carry on living in the area. New affordable housing of this kind also helps ensure the continuing vitality of local communities in the countryside."
A local lettings agreement will see residents from Fowlmere given priority for homes at The Triangle, followed by people from surrounding villages.
Homes at The Triangle are energy-efficient, complying with Level 3 of the Code for Sustainable Homes and incorporating energy-saving air source heat pumps. Properties are built to the Lifetime Homes standard.
Photo: Celebrating the opening of The Triangle at Fowlmere are (front, L-to-R): Steve Morris, regional development director at bpha; Cllr David Bard, chairman of South Cambridgeshire District Council; Cllr Deborah Roberts, councillor for South Cambridgeshire District Council and a Fowlmere parish councillor; Barrie Hawkins, former vice-chair of Fowlmere Parish Council; Lawrence Wragg, chairman, Fowlmere Parish Council; Di Ware, chair, King Street Housing; Lovell contracts manager Steve Offord and Craig Glasper, King Street Housing chief executive.