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West Suffolk: Affordable homes development officially opened in Barton Mills

PUBLISHED: 10:45 12 September 2014 | UPDATED: 10:45 12 September 2014

Affordable homes development has opened in Barton Mills.

Affordable homes development has opened in Barton Mills.

Paul Starr Photographer

One of west Suffolk’s newest affordable homes developments has been officially opened.

Six years ago, a local housing needs survey found that some residents in Barton Mills were living in inadequate
accommodation, while others were simply having to move away due to a lack of
affordable housing in the village.

Forest Heath District Council and its partner St Edmundsbury Borough Council are working toward plans to explore building and buying affordable homes, as well as continuing to work with registered providers such as Hastoe Housing.

On Friday, Forest Heath leader James Waters and Rona Burt, cabinet member for housing, officially opened the latest scheme in Church Lane, Barton Mills.

Ms Burt, said: “Without
the housing to meet people’s needs, firms cannot
expand and attract new
staff and the economy
stagnates.

“That is why housing schemes such as this are so important to us all.”

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