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Affordable housing allows couple to stay in their home village of Barton Mills

Barton Mills parish Council chairman Robert Lewis and senior development officer for Hastoe Isobel Wright hand David and Tracy Witchlow the keys to their new property ANL-140429-100449001

Barton Mills parish Council chairman Robert Lewis and senior development officer for Hastoe Isobel Wright hand David and Tracy Witchlow the keys to their new property ANL-140429-100449001

An affordable housing scheme has prevented a couple from being priced out of the village they live in and given them a ‘beautiful’ home .

David and Tracy Witchlow received the keys to their new home in Church Lane, Barton Mills, last week.

David said: “I have lived in Barton Mills on and off for 35 to 40 years. If we had not got this home we would had to move out of the village.”

Six affordable homes have been built in the village as part of a project spearheaded by Barton Mills Parish Council.

Chairman, Robert Lewis, said: “The parish council are really pleased - they are nice homes.”

Mr Lewis said the scheme was aimed at helping people with a local connection stay in the village.

He said this had been successful and all six properties would be filled with residents connected to the village.

After receiving the keys to his new home David said: “It’s fantastic - I was not expecting this it’s absolutely beautiful.”

The need and desire for more affordable homes in Barton Mills was highlighted by a parish questionnaire distributed among village residents.

Responding to this the parish council teamed up with Hastoe Housing Association (HHA) to select a suitable site.

Isobel Wright, senior development officer at HHA, said such schemes had the potential to rejuvenate villages.

She said: “There’s a lot of parishes where you have an older population and younger people have to move away - parishes where schools, shops and services are struggling.

“This sort of development brings life to those communities.”

Two of the properties built in Barton Mills are being offered as part ownership and four as rental properties.

 

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