Felixstowe: New affordable homes on Conford House site should be ready next year

Suffolk Coastal chairman Richard Kerry turns the turf to start the work on 14 new afforable homes at

Suffolk Coastal chairman Richard Kerry turns the turf to start the work on 14 new afforable homes at the old Conford House sheltered complex in Felixstowe. - Credit: Archant

WORK is under way on a £1.3million project to provide 15 new affordable homes in Felixstowe.

The scheme involves development of the site of the Conford House sheltered homes complex in Exmoor Road, which was demolished last year.

Contractor Brooks & Wood Ltd is building 14 two-bedroom bungalows, six of which will have wheelchair access to address the long-term housing needs of the community.

The project will also include a four-bedroom bungalow at Brackley Close, all due for completion in February 2014.

The £1.3m scheme received no Government subsidy with Flagship providing £845,000 of internal funding to complete the new homes.

It is also investing in refurbishment of its existing homes with an over-cladding programme for 17 properties costing £350,000.

Representatives from Felixstowe Town Council, Suffolk Coastal council and Flagship gathered to watch district council chairman Richard Kerry turn the turf to ceremonially start the work.

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Over the last 22 years, Flagship has built nearly 800 new homes in Suffolk Coastal – 260 of them in Felixstowe.

Flagship’s chairman Peter Lakey said: “This development shows our determination to carry on building as many new homes as we can, for those in housing need. There have been frustrating delays on this site, but, at last, we can now look forward to the new homes being ready early next year.”

Mr Kerry said: “I am greatly encouraged by the solid evidence of progress and the district council is looking forward to working with Flagship in the delivery of their commitments across the Suffolk Coastal area.

“I am sure these homes will provide a long term resource for local people in need of good quality, affordable housing with the extra provisions being made towards wheelchair users and future proofing new builds regarding level access showers.

“Flagship are pivotal in ensuring that we deliver the supply that we are capable of achieving and Suffolk Coastal continues to work with Flagship and other housing associations in its effort to ensure that it receives a fair share of the available investment.”