Much needed affordable homes for rural North Notts village

28 April 2016

A new housing scheme has provided 15 new homes in the village of Walesby, North Nottinghamshire, under a long established partnership between Nottingham Community Housing Association (NCHA) and Newark and Sherwood District Council. 

Allan Fisher, NCHA’s Director of Development commented:

“Addressing the ongoing rural housing crisis across the East Midlands is an important part of NCHA’s development programme. We work across six counties to develop new homes in areas where many people who have lived in a village all their lives can’t afford to get onto the property ladder, or find suitable homes for their families needs.”

Representatives from NCHA, Newark and Sherwood District Council and new tenants came together to celebrate the completion of the much needed properties in Walesby.

New tenants Leanne and Martin have recently moved into their two bedroom bungalow on the new Walesby scheme, with their young daughter. For Leanne, their new home wasn’t just an opportunity to move somewhere more affordable, but to enable her to have a better quality of life. After becoming visually impaired in 2010, and then being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 2013, Leanne’s previous home was becoming more and more difficult for her to live in:

“When my MS kicks off the first thing it goes for is my legs and my eyes, so living in a house just didn’t work anymore, I would end up stuck upstairs in our old house. So a bungalow is so much better.

“This new home means so much to us and feels like a home already. We’ve made more memories here in four weeks then we did in our other house in four years. We can all do things we never could before – our daughter has been able to learn to ride her bike in the garden and I cooked a family Sunday lunch for the first time in years. Something I never thought I’d be able to do again. It’s amazing here, we love it.”

The homes were part funded by a £255,000 grant from the Homes and Communities Agency, as well as funding from Newark and Sherwood District Council and funds provided by NCHA.

Councillor Ivor Walker, Chairman of Newark and Sherwood District Council applauded this new development:

“It’s been many years since new homes were developed in this particular village, so it’s very pleasing to see the new tenants immediately benefitting and enjoying their new homes. We’re committed to developing new homes throughout the district to help our residents access affordable housing.”

Partner Construction built the new homes, which were designed by Ergo Projects Ltd as a mixture of houses and much needed bungalows for affordable rent and shared ownership.

The site was formerly vacant greenfield land on the edge of the village, and following a housing needs survey a need for the new homes was identified. There is a local agreement in place for all 15 properties to ensure local people benefit from these new affordable homes. The new rented homes are now occupied by tenants and will be managed by NCHA.

There is currently one shared ownership two bedroom house still available. All interested buyers must have a local connection to Walesby and should visit NCHA’s website for more information. 

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