Housing minister visits Woolpit development to launch broadband deal

Front, left to right, Lovell business development director Peter Quinn; Derrick Haley, Leader of Mid Suffolk District Council; housing minister Brandon Lewis and Maggie McCann, development director Orbit (East and South). ANL-161102-121958001
Front, left to right, Lovell business development director Peter Quinn; Derrick Haley, Leader of Mid Suffolk District Council; housing minister Brandon Lewis and Maggie McCann, development director Orbit (East and South). ANL-161102-121958001
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Housing minister Brandon Lewis visited a housing development in Woolpit to launch a new deal to deliver superfast broadband connectivity to all new-build UK homes.

The Government has worked with BT Openreach and the Home Builders Federation on the agreement which will see fribre-based broadband offered to all new developments either for free or through a co-funded initiative.

Digital economy minister Ed Vaizey said: “Broadband connectivity is just one thing that home buyers now expect when buying a new build so this industry-led push to make superfast, or indeed ultrafast, broadband speeds available by default in new homes represents a very important step in meeting the UK’s digital needs.”

Affordable housing developer Lovell is building new homes in Steeles Road, Woolpit, for housing organisation Orbit.

Peter Quinn, Lovell business development director, said: “Our team were delighted to welcome Brandon Lewis to the Woolpit housing development for the launch of this new agreement. The deal will help ensure that people moving into a new home have improved access to the superfast, broadband services which play such a key part in modern life.”

Paul High, executive director for Orbit Homes, added: “As our world becomes more digital, we are delighted that this vital technology is being made available in this revived rural community to support our customers develop their online skills.”

Mr Lewis visited the Woolpit site, which is part of a multi-phase regeneration project with Mid Suffolk District Council to provide 167 new affordable homes in Haughley, Stowmarket and Woolpit.