23 December 2013
The first residents of 18 new affordable homes by Waterloo Housing Group are looking forward to celebrating their first Christmas in their new homes in Great Gonerby, near Grantham. The new development provides six homes for shared ownership and a further 12 for rent.
The £2m new housing project was developed by Waterloo in partnership with South Kesteven District Council, with investment support of £438,000 from the government’s Homes and Communities Agency.
Named Highfield Mews, the attractive and much-needed new homes were built by Loughborough-based contractor and developer William Davis Ltd. They include two to four bedroom houses and bungalows designed to be in keeping with the existing environment, with stone corbelling to corner brickwork and gabled porch ways over the front doors.
The homes were built on the edge of the village, with the backing of Great Gonerby Parish Council, after a housing needs survey revealed the demand for affordable homes by local people. Two of the rented bungalows have wheelchair access and level access shower rooms to meet specific needs.
Representatives from the project partners involved visited the homes in December to mark their successful completion.
Mandy Gee, partnerships project officer for South Kesteven District Council, said: “The development is absolutely wonderful. I’m really impressed with the size of the homes and the quality of the build. A lot of work went into tailoring the homes to suit people’s needs in the local area, and the results are clear for all to see.”
Stephen Fisher, business development manager at William Davis added: “At a time when demand for housing in the UK is outstripping supply, it is particularly pleasing to complete the transformation of this former agricultural land into high quality homes. A significant development for this desirable rural location, we wish all the new residents at Highfield Mews every happiness in their new homes.”
Anthony Riley, group director of development and operations at Waterloo Housing Group, said: “The key benefit of affordable rural homes like these is in helping people of all age groups to stay living in their community, supporting village life."
There are still two and three bedroom houses available for local people to buy through shared ownership / part-buy part-rent at Highfield Mews. Prices start at £30,000 for a 25% share. All of the rented homes are now let and occupied.