Company hands over keys for affordable homes at Drinkstone development

Hand over of keys from Gipping Homes to Orbit East for four new affordable homes which are part of the redevelopment of the site creating 15 homes.''Pictured:
Hand over of keys from Gipping Homes to Orbit East for four new affordable homes which are part of the redevelopment of the site creating 15 homes.''Pictured:
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Developers have handed over the keys for four new affordable homes as part of a long awaited housing development on the site of a former village pub.

Gipping Homes built the two and three bedroom affordable houses to be managed by Orbit East on the Cherry Tree Rise site in Drinkstone.

Paul Bonnett, assistant development director at Orbit East, said: “The new homes will provide much needed affordable rented accommodation for families in Drinkstone.”

Formerly the site of Greene King’s Cherry Tree pub, which closed in 1998, the housing development will include 15 properties. Phase one of Cherry Tree Rise will be completed by the end of the year with a show home and six houses in addition to the four affordable homes. Three of the seven houses have already been reserved or sold. Phase two of the development will start soon.

Peter Blemings, managing director of Gipping Homes, said he hoped the early sales ‘herald a long awaited upturn in the housing market’.

Part of the proceeds from the sale of the site to Gipping Homes in 2011 were put towards the construction of the recently opened village hall.