Today saw the long awaited start of the scheme to build fourteen new affordable dwellings on the site in St Andrews Close, Old Buckenham. Big signs had been put up, the ceremonial spades had been given a good polish and the representatives of the housing association, the builders and the parish council gathered around. Hard hats and high-viz tops were put on and some short speeches were given.
No actual sod was turned but the spades glinted in the sun as many photographs were taken before the event moved on for some welcome refreshments at the Gamekeeper.
Work is starting on the new affordable Cotman Homes in St Andrews Close.These fourteen new homes will help ensure that families in Old Buckenham are able to remain as part of the community rather than moving away to find a home.
The houses will extend the existing housing development owned and managed by Cotman Housing Association with a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom terraced and semi-detached homes, all for affordable rent.
The start of construction was marked today with a ceremony attended by representatives of the Cotman Housing Association, Mansell Construction Services and local residents.
Work is expected to be finished by the summer of 2014 and has been partially funded through the Homes and Communities Agency’s Affordable Homes Programme. The homes will be built on disused land previously owned by Breckland District Council and will be built to level 3 of the Code for Sustainable Homes.
This project will go a long way towards meeting a pressing local need for affordable housing in Old Buckenham. It has been a very long haul (around eight years since the plans were put forward) but this time next year the project should be welcoming its first new tenants.