Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 7°C

min temp: 1°C

ESTD 1874 Search

St Edmundsbury: More than 400 affordable homes to be built around Bury St Edmunds and Haverhill by 2018 after £8million Government funding

08:00 14 August 2014

Picture by Mike Page shows 

Bury St Edmunds

Picture by Mike Page shows Bury St Edmunds

© Mike Page all rights reserved. Before any use is made of this image including display, publication, broadcast, syndication or

The housing crisis in west Suffolk has been given an £8million boost that will see more than 400 new affordable homes built across the region.

The major funding has been awarded to the Havebury Housing Partnership from the Government’s Homes and Communities Agency, as part of its Affordable Homes Programme.

The project will deliver 427 new homes around Bury St Edmunds and Haverhill by 2018. Designs and construction for over 130 of these will begin in the next few months.

Scott Bailey, head of development at Havebury, who submitted the grant application, said: “This is such fantastic news for both the local community and for Havebury.

“This is the first time we have been awarded such a significant grant on our own.”

The EADT reported yesterday that the cost of delivering St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s housing services had soared by around £4million in four years, while around 3,000 people are currently on the council’s social housing waiting list.

St Edmundsbury’s cabinet member for housing, Anne Gower, said: “I am delighted that the Government has recognised our determination to tackle the shortage of affordable housing.

“This council has worked hard with Havebury to prepare ‘ready to go’ affordable housing schemes that belong at the top of the list for funding.

“We are taking direct action with opportunities across the board, and these are just the first of more much needed affordable homes we look forward to delivering.”

Sites that formed part of the bid include seven homes on a garage site at Mitchell Avenue in Bury and 21 homes on the former snooker club site in Haverhill.

A Havebury spokeswoman said it had worked with the relevant local authorities to ensure the schemes proposed in the bid “meet local housing need and are therefore the right size, right location and right type”.

Havebury chief executive Karen Mayhew added: “These new homes will deliver much needed social housing in the area.

“These homes will go some way to transforming the lives of people who have difficulty finding a home of their own.

“Now the real work starts, working with the local community and getting schemes started on site.”

Havebury previously received grant funding as part of a development consortium, made up of housing associations from across Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire.

The consortium had received £14m from the Homes and Communities Agency to help build 770 new affordable homes across the region between 2011 and 2015.

2 comments

  • As I have already asked the question of Ipswich Borough Council, I ask St Edmundsbury Council the same question, how many of your former Council Homes are now owned by Private Investors ?, and how many are you renting back from these Private investors ?

    Report this comment

    freedomf

    Friday, August 15, 2014

  • Yes of course Affordable Homes are needed, however while Tenants are still able to buy 'Social Homes' at up to 60% discount !, I'm afraid your fighting a losing battle !. Only today it has been reported that one London Borough is paying £500,000 per year renting back Council properties that they have previously sold from Investors !. So somebody should reverse this ludicrous Law that allows Tenants to still their Buy Social Homes !

    Report this comment

    freedomf

    Thursday, August 14, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

The Garrison in Colchester.

A man in his 20s who was killed during a lorry crash at the weekend was a serving Army soldier from Colchester.

Sophie and her family went to Chestnut House to present the cheque.

A little Thurston girl born with her organs outside her body has celebrated her first birthday after a year of lifesaving medical treatment.

File picture of emergency services at the scene of a crash.

A motorcyclist and a pillion passenger are in hospital in a serious condition after they were involved in a crash in Wattisfield.

The Rudolph Run starts in Ipswich tonight. Pic: Simon Parker.

Father Christmas and his friends from the Ipswich Round Table are preparing for the 2016 Rudolph Run but what route will they take this year and when will they visit your street?

Yoxford and Middleton primary schools have formed an academy.
Top: Andrew Aalders Dunthorne and Sam Cutler.
 L-R Esther Karaboce, Kaitlyn Geraghty, Maddie Pearce, Skye Coote and Molly Panton.

Two rural schools have turned a chapter in their histories after reforming under a new partnership.

A tablet

A north Essex constituency has the highest spend per head of the population on prescription drugs, according to a recent Government report.

Bury St Edmunds Guildhall

A bottle of wine signed by Theresa May was one of many items auctioned off to raise thousands of pounds for conservation work on Bury St Edmunds’ historic Guildhall.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

MyDate24 MyPhotos24