Grand opening for new affordable homes
Fourteen new homes have been completed in Old Buckenham which aim to help keeping the local community together meaning that families won’t have to look at moving away to find a new home. The new houses are a mix of one, two and three bedroom homes for affordable rent which extend an existing housing development owned and managed by Cotman Housing Association.
A grand opening event for the properties was held today, Friday 28 November. It was attended by customers and staff from Cotman Housing Association and local Councillor Adrian Joel, who gave a speech alongside Cotman Chair Bett Barrett.
The first residents of the new homes moved in at the end of October. The expansion of the Old Buckenham site is part of a wider strategy by Cotman Housing Association to support communities in the areas where they operate. The homes have been built on previously disused land owned by Breckland District Council. They’ve been constructed to Level 3 of the Code for Sustainable Homes and were partially funded through the Homes and Communities Agency’s Affordable Homes Programme.
Adrian Joel, Breckland Council ward member for Buckenham, had identified the land a number of years ago as suitable for affordable housing and has worked with Cotman and Council officers to help bring about this development. These new affordable homes are specifically allocated for people living in or with connections to Old Buckenham and its locality.
Introductory speeches were given outside one of the houses before the ceremonial cutting of a ribbon across the door and the handing over of keys to the new occupants. Then it was time for a look around the site and a chance to see inside one or two of the new properties before going for a buffet lunch at the local Gamekeeper pub.