Laying the first bricks of our new homes

We have laid the first bricks in our development of affordable new homes in Fulbourn, South Cambridgeshire.

Working closely with development partner Hill, one of the country’s top housebuilders, and South Cambridgeshire District Council, we have designed a scheme which will meet the housing needs of the local community, whilst keeping in character with its rural setting,

When complete, there will be a mix of 14 one bedroom apartments and two and three bedroom houses.

The new homes are being built to high energy efficiency standards and include photovoltaic panels and thermal building fabrics which keep heat in during winter and out during the summer. They are being built using modern methods of construction and are due to be finished by spring 2020.

The homes have been part-funded by Homes England and will be allocated to residents with a local connection in conjunction with South Cambridgeshire District Council.

Accent’s Executive Director of Development & Growth, Sarah Ireland, is delighted with how the building work is progressing.

“Providing affordable homes in this area is extremely important as the average house costs just under £400K to buy, a price tag which is out of the reach for many local families.”

Accent is no stranger to South Cambridgeshire. In 2014, the association worked with the district council on the nearby Fulbourn regeneration project, which involved replacing over 200 1960s problematic concrete built homes with over 250 new homes, 167 of which were affordable homes for local families. 

Ms Ireland added: “We are very grateful for the opportunity to work with the district council, they recognise the need to provide affordable housing, and have been very supportive of our plans.”

Rob Jack, Regional Director at Hill, comments: “Hill is delighted to be working with Accent to deliver these much-needed affordable homes in Fulbourn. We have a strong reputation for working in partnership with housing associations across South Cambridgeshire and we have delivered over 500 new mixed tenure homes for the area, 82 per cent of these properties were affordable. We look forward to welcoming the new residents to this community in the spring.”

South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Lead Cabinet Member for Housing, Cllr Hazel Smith, said: “I was really pleased to go and lay some bricks as part of this valuable new development of homes that will be affordable for local people to live in. Helping deliver these types of homes is one of our top priorities. As a council we’ve worked hard to get all the parties together and bring these new homes forward. Importantly, these homes will be affordable to run, meaning their new occupants will be left with a little more money to live life and have fun. I’m very impressed with how quickly they are coming out of the ground and pleased that local people trying to get on the housing ladder will soon have this helping hand.”

 

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