Affordable homes a ‘vital part’ of agenda

New affordable houses have been completed in Worlington.''Pictured: Ian Winslet chief executive of Suffolk Housing
New affordable houses have been completed in Worlington.''Pictured: Ian Winslet chief executive of Suffolk Housing
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Six affordable homes are on the verge of completion in Worlington and six more have been approved in Barton Mills.

A spokesperson for Forest Heath District Council said the provision of affordable homes in rural areas is ‘a vital part’ of their housing scheme.

The six two-bedroom houses in Old Bridge Close, Worlington, will be ready for occupation later this month.

Ian Winslet, chief executive of Suffolk Housing who part funded the project, said: “On average it costs around £40,000 more to build a home in a village than it does in a town or city.

“That additional cost often prices young people out of rural communities, eventually leading to the decline of important facilities.

“That is why we are so pleased to bring these vital homes to Worlington.”

Construction of six further affordable homes, in Church Lane, Barton Mills, will begin later this month.

John Lefever, Regional Head of Development for Hastoe East, who will develop the site, said: “The Hastoe Barton Mills housing development will be a rural exception site, which means the homes will be for local people now and in the future.

“Hastoe has a commitment to work with the local community in the relevant development area.”

The need for affordable housing in the village was realised after Barton Mills Parish Council undertook a parish plan.

Chairman Robert Lewis said the scheme had been developed in consultation with local residents and the council was very pleased to see it commence.

A spokesperson for Forest Heath District Council said: “House prices are often out of reach for those who have a local connection to a village and it is a vital part of the West Suffolk Strategic Housing Team’s partnership work to support villages keen to tackle affordable housing in their area.”

“We will work with the parish council to assess what their local needs are so they can identify what type of affordable housing would be best for them.”