A brick-laying ceremony took place at 2pm today, 13 September 2016, in Meadow Close, Lavenham to mark the start of 12 new flats being built by Babergh District Council. This is part of a joint project by Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Council to build 65 new homes – 27 in Babergh across two sites and 38 in Mid Suffolk across six sites.
The Leader of Babergh District Council, Cllr Jennie Jenkins and Babergh’s Portfolio Holder for Housing Delivery, Cllr Alan Ferguson, together with David Mittel from Brooks and Wood – East Anglian based design and build firm, will be joining the Chairman, Cllr Peter Burgoyne as he lays the first brick to mark the start of this project.
Twelve one-bedroom flats will be built on the site to meet a clearly identified need for smaller rented affordable homes. They will be let through the Council’s Choice Based Lettings System on an Affordable Rent Tenancy and people over 50 years of age will be prioritised, again in recognition of the locally identified need.
The Lavenham project is part of a wider initiative announced last year to build 27 new homes in Babergh and 38 new homes in Mid Suffolk – the first new council homes in either district for 30 years. The scheme is being delivered with development partner, Havebury Housing Partnership. The homes are being constructed by Brooks and Wood, a building and Civil Engineering Company from East Anglia, and are due for completion in January 2017.
Cllr Peter Burgoyne, Chairman of Babergh District Council said, “I am delighted that work is now underway to build our first new council homes in nearly 30 years. These will be high quality, modern and energy efficient properties to meet the needs of those on our housing register who are unable to afford to rent in this area on the open market. This project is a great step forward in our plans to provide more housing in our rural areas and it’s something we can all be proud of.”
Cllr Alan Ferguson, Babergh District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Housing Delivery said, “We know that places like Lavenham cannot grow and prosper if people can’t afford to live there, which is why projects such as this are so important. It means that we are able to ensure that providing homes for local people with a real housing need can now become a reality. “
Stuart Boardley, Director for Brooks and Wood said, “Brooks and Wood are delighted to be working alongside Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils to address the affordable housing shortage in the area. The design of the dwellings is a very attractive concept and we are sure that once these have been built, this will be a development that we can all be very proud of for many years to come”