75 new affordable homes for people in housing need in Peterborough

Accent Housing is celebrating the completion of 75 new affordable homes for rent in Peterborough.

Trelowen Way, in Hempsted, is a community of 75 one to four bedroom homes. Construction is completing this month, and over 60 families and couples have already moved into their new homes.

All residents have been nominated from Peterborough City Council’s Housing Register and were in urgent need of secure affordable housing to rent. One new Trelowen Way resident said, “I have been living in a hostel for the last 18 months, this is beautiful, I can’t wait to cook in the kitchen and make this a home. My children will be so happy here.”

Sarah Ireland, Executive Director of Strategy and Growth at Accent, said “Trelowen Way is a key development for Accent Housing, and we are proud to be providing these homes for those who need them the most. We are particularly pleased with the EPC A energy rating that all homes have achieved, complete with electric vehicle charging capability and solar panels. Accent is committed to achieving the highest possible energy rating for all our land-led developments to help our customers with the cost of living and tackle fuel poverty. We have also gifted a £50 voucher to all homes to help with the purchase of a bike to travel to work, school or local facilities which we hope will be a help.

An event was held last week to celebrate partnership working and completion of the new homes. Representatives from Accent were joined by the Mayor of Peterborough Councillor Nick Sandford,  Peterborough City Council, Homes England and Burmor Construction. Accent’s forward strategy for delivering many more new affordable housing to 2026 was discussed, and attendees visited Trelowen Way, enjoying a tour of some of the new homes and meeting residents.

Sarah continues, “the provision of new affordable housing is more important than ever in cities across the UK such as Peterborough, where there are 318 households living in temporary accommodation and 2506 households on the council’s housing register waiting for an affordable home to become available. The Accent team believe that everyone has the right to a safe, sustainable and affordable home and we are so pleased to have delivered 75 new homes to those in the highest level of housing need in Peterborough. Our housing and community inclusion teams will now work to help the new Trelowen Way community embed; supporting and signposting to services wherever needed.”

Effective partnership working was key in delivering the site, which was made possible by partial grant funding from Homes England, the Government’s housing and regeneration agency.

Wayne Fitzgerald, leader to Peterborough City Council said: "We are happy to be working with Accent Housing in delivering these impressive, energy-efficient homes in Peterborough, and hopefully the residents will also be happy as they move in – ahead of schedule. 

“There is a pressing need for affordable housing in Peterborough, as there is across the United Kingdom as a whole, and so we are always looking to take any action we can to help those on our housing register. This is another step forward in that process.” 

Ollie Crofts, Associate Director at Burmor Construction, commented “We are delighted to have successfully handed over this fully affordable scheme to Accent four months ahead of the original schedule. Delivering a site using Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) and

achieving an EPC A rating for all 75 units has been a testament to their forward-thinking approach, and we look forward to collaborating on more successful project in the future.”

Accent are committed to building 3600 new homes across the UK by 2031 in an effort to help solve the national housing crisis. Accent’s future development plans are centred around the core principles of inclusivity, accessibility, and environmental responsibility.

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