Residents, planners and council officials gathered at the launch of a new affordable rural housing development in West Oxfordshire.
The special event saw West Oxfordshire MP Robert
Courts officially open the ten-home scheme in Bury Close, Kingham which will
only be available to local residents who are otherwise priced out of the area –
a place where many have grown up.
Cllr Colin Dingwall, Cabinet Member for Housing at West Oxfordshire District Council, said: “This is an excellent example of how it is possible to provide affordable housing for local people. It has only been achieved through great teamwork involving planners, builders, the housing association and, most importantly, the local community. Congratulations to everyone involved.”
Sovereign Housing Association arranged for the homes
to be built on land previously owned by West Oxfordshire District Council.
Formerly a domestic garden area, the land was transferred to Sovereign as part
of a land assembly deal last summer and subject to section 106 agreement.
Development was completed in October with residents moving in soon after.
The properties, which will all be let at an affordable
rent, comprise two one bedroom apartments, four two bed houses and four three
Stuart Roberts, Head of Development at Sovereign,
said: “There is a real need for this kind of housing to help families stay
connected to their local area. This development is a fantastic example of what
can be achieved by working collaboratively.”
The section 106 agreement attached to the planning
permission means the new homes are only available to residents with a local
connection to Kingham. They must already work or live in Kingham, or have
family members living there to be eligible.
Peter Burrows, Director at E G Carter & Co Ltd
scheme is an excellent example of where collaboration and teamwork have enabled
everyone to produce a truly excellent affordable housing project which embodies
modern technology whilst embracing the local character and tradition.”
The official opening took place on Friday 24 November.
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