New affordable homes from Havebury
Thirty five of the new homes were completed in March 2013 at the Grade II listed building, The Maltings in Bury St Edmunds and were formally opened in September, by the former housing minister MP Mark Prisk.
Havebury’s Chief Executive, Karen Mayhew, said: “Delivering high quality affordable homes is one of Havebury’s top priorities. We have a number of developments under way, which will result in 50 new homes in Bury St Edmunds and 100 in Haverhill during the next two years.
New homes include 29 homes in Risbygate Street, Bury St Edmunds which we started building in September. 13 at Greenwood Close and 18 at Anglian Place, Haverhill along with 17 in the village of Chedburgh and a further four are earmarked in Bury St Edmunds town centre. There are 67 homes awaiting planning permission across the Haverhill area.
According to the Land Registry of England and Wales the average cost of a home in Suffolk is now £200,000, with a flat costing almost £120,000, putting it beyond the reach of many people, which is why the building of affordable homes continues to be so important.
“With over 1,500 people on the waiting list in St Edmundsbury, we will continue to look for local developers and partners to work with to create affordable homes for those in need.
“It has been a busy and rewarding year. Not only have we been able to help many people move into a home of their own, but we have also been able to help our tenants access work experience and job opportunities as well as giving them the skills to do so through our Career and Guidance Programme.”
This year has seen major changes to the welfare benefits system and Havebury has been helping tenants find their way through the changes.
Karen Mayhew added: “To assist our tenants through the Government’s changes we have been able to contact 92 per cent of them, which means we have been able to give a wide range of advice to those who are facing benefit reductions and those in fuel poverty.”
To read a copy of Havebury’s Annual Report for 2012 – 2013 click here or call 0300 3300 900 for a printed copy.