Work has started on the construction of 23 new affordable homes in Reydon – with priority to be given to local people when they are completed.
Waveney District Council's Cabinet Member for Housing Cllr Chris Punt and Chairman of Reydon Parish Council Cllr Barrie Remblance joined Mark Walker from Orbit Homes and Paul Pitcher of contractor Wellington to cut the first sod at the site, on Green Lane in the village.
The homes, which will be a mixture of affordable rented and shared ownership, are being built on a so-called ‘Exceptions Site’, which means that the houses will be allocated on a ‘Local Lettings’ basis, with priority given to people who have a connection with Reydon and adjoining parishes.
As well as the 23 new homes, the site will feature a public open space and generous parking provision.
Cllr Punt said:
"We are pleased to be supporting this development, which is an excellent example of partnership working between multiple organisations and the community to ensure the creation of more affordable housing for local people.”
Cllr Remblance added:
“The parish council welcomes these much-needed new homes in the village. There is a real shortage of good quality, affordable housing in the area for local people, which is why the parish council were all in favour of this new development.”
Paul Pitcher, managing director of Lowestoft-based contractor Wellington, which is building the new homes on behalf of Orbit Homes, said:
“We are delighted to be building these new homes for local people in and around Reydon. This is a good, spacious site, which means that the new homes will have good sized gardens and plenty of parking space, as well as a communal green space for everyone to enjoy.”
The new homes are scheduled to be handed over in spring 2019.