Work starts on affordable new homes in Sedbergh

Work has started on site on a new £1.4 million affordable housing development at a former Cumbria County Council depot in Sedbergh near Kendal.

The Hadrian Development Solutions Partnership, comprised of Two Castles Housing Association and Esh Group, is building ten new affordable homes, which will include three, two-bedroom bungalows as well as five, two-bedroom and two three-bedroom townhouses for rent at the former depot on Guldrey Lane.

The development, which will be built to Code Level Three Sustainable Standards, has been part-funded by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) with support from Cumbria County Council and South Lakeland District Council. Homes are being built for local people who are in the greatest housing need, with a local connection to the town or surrounding area.

Rob Brittain, property services director at Two Castles Housing Association, said:

“We’re delighted to see work start on site for a new affordable housing development in Sedbergh. The proposed development will help to deliver high quality homes for local people to rent in the area and will benefit the wider community by improving a site which has stood derelict for a number of years. We hope that this development would go some way to meet the current high demand in the area for affordable housing.

“Working with Esh Group as part of the innovative Hadrian Development Solutions Partnership is helping Two Castles to deliver more affordable homes in rural communities across the North West. It is important for the housing sector to find new ways of working together and we believe our innovative partnership approach is effective.”

The Hadrian’s Development Solution Partnership is paving the way for housing providers to work together to deliver cost effective development projects in the North East and North West. It will deliver 250 new affordable homes to communities over the next four years, many in rural areas, utilising £5.2m of funding from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) under the Government’s Affordable Home Programme.

Work is due to complete on Guldrey Lane in February 2014.

David Halfacre, Chairman of Esh Property Services explained:

“We are working closely with Two Castles on a number of schemes in Cumbria under our Hadrian Development Solutions Partnership. We are pleased that our first scheme within the Yorkshire Dales National Park has taken a major step forward, we are keen to ensure these much needed affordable homes are available to local people as soon as possible”.

South Lakeland District Council’s portfolio holder for strategic growth, Cllr Jonathan Brook, said:

“We are committed to working in partnership to promote the development of affordable homes to meet local need. This is an excellent example of such work and we look forward to seeing these homes built and occupied by local people. Such developments bring benefits not just for those housed, but also play an important part in enabling the future sustainability and economic prosperity of communities across our district.”