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Council Tenants Move Into New Homes

Posted by on 4 May 2018 | Comments

New tenants in Glemsford are settling into their homes as Babergh completes the first of a number of new council housing development.

Babergh Councillors met the Farrant family, who have recently moved in to one of the new homes. The family – Karl, Maxine and their two daughters, Shannon and Katie Green – have a local link to the village and a long history in the community.

Work began on site at Hammond Croft, Glemsford in December 2016 and has delivered nine 2 bedroom houses and six 3 bedroom houses.  All the homes were advertised through Gateway to Home Choice and priority was given to people with local links to the area.

These new homes are part of Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils’ joint project to deliver 65 new council homes across both districts.  New government initiatives have made it easier for local authorities to build their own homes and both councils seized the opportunity.

In May 2014, the councils appointed Havebury Housing Partnership, as their development partner and after securing a £1m grant from Government, work began on building 27 new homes in Babergh and 38 in Mid Suffolk.

All the eight schemes have now been completed and these include:

  • Meadow Close, Lavenham – 12x1 bed flats
  • Mill Road, Laxfield – 3x 2 bed bungalows
  • Schoolfield, Glemsford – 9x2 bed houses, 6x3 bed houses
  • Oakley Fields, Thurston – wheelchair accessible 3 bed bungalow
  • Acton Close, Bramford – 2 x 2 bed houses
  • Fox Meadow, Barking – 2x2 bed houses and 1x2 bed bungalow
  • Kingfisher Drive, Gt Blakenham – 4 x1 bed flats, 10x2 bed houses, 9x2 bed bungalow

These homes will be run and managed by both councils and will form part of their housing stock.

Cllr Jan Osborne, Babergh District Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing said, “We are mounting a big drive to build more supported housing throughout Babergh, and it is always heart-warming to see the results of that work. It was wonderful to meet the Farrants and hear their experiences of moving into the new homes in Glemsford. But we are not going to rest on our laurels: we have more supported housing developments planned, and I look forward to seeing many more families move into new homes just like the Farrants.”

Maxine Farrant said: “It took us a week to move in, but now we have so much more space. We’re looking forward to the summer when the whole family can enjoy the new garden.”