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Orwell Housing Association sets out vision for 1,000 new affordable homes in Suffolk

PUBLISHED: 14:40 29 March 2018 | UPDATED: 14:40 29 March 2018

Stephen Javes, left, chief executive of Orwell Housing Association, with David Orr, chief executive of the National Housing Federation, who spoke at the association's annual general meeting at Quay Place in Ipswich.

Stephen Javes, left, chief executive of Orwell Housing Association, with David Orr, chief executive of the National Housing Federation, who spoke at the association's annual general meeting at Quay Place in Ipswich.

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Orwell Housing Association has set out a plan to deliver an average of at least 100 new affordable homes a year in Suffolk over the next decade.

The audience at the association’s annual general meeting at Quay Place in Ipswich, which included board members, staff, customers and stakeholders, heard reports on the past year and an outline from chief executive Stephen Javes of a 10-year vision for continued development.

“The supply of new affordable housing in Suffolk needs to be a high priority,” said Mr Javes. “As an association we are keen to support this and will therefore aim to deliver a minimum of 1,000 new homes in the county over the next 10 years.”

The vision also includes extra care, learning disabilities services and accommodation for young people.

Orwell manages more than 4,300 properties across Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridge and Essex.

Guest speaker at the meeting was David Orr, chief executive of the National Housing Federation.

Mr Javes added: “We were delighted to welcome David Orr to our event. Over the past 12 years David has continually championed the ambitions of housing associations, and their critical role in tackling the housing crisis.

“The National Housing Federation are the voice of affordable housing in England and represent the work of housing associations like ourselves to campaign for better housing. They believe as we do that everyone should have the home they need at a price they can afford.”

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