Borough Council of Wellingborough

Official opening of affordable eco homes

Published Tuesday, 13 December 2011

A development of 11 affordable eco homes has been completed in Wollaston. The Mayor of Wellingborough, Cllr Bhupendra Patel, will officially welcome tenants at an opening ceremony on Monday 12 December at 2pm.

 

Official opening of affordable eco homes
2pm Monday 12 December 2011
Eastfield Road, Wollaston

A development of 11 affordable eco homes has been completed in Wollaston. The Mayor of Wellingborough, Cllr Bhupendra Patel, will officially welcome tenants at an opening ceremony on Monday 12 December at 2pm.

The development has been built on the site of the former Shelton's shoe factory in Eastfield Road by Jephson Homes Housing Association together with Wellingborough Council and Life Space Developments. There are six two-bedroom houses, three three-bedroom houses and two two- bedroom flats, all available to people on the council's housing needs register with a connection to Wollaston. It is the first time that Jephson, which owns the site and will manage the rented properties, has been involved in a development in the borough.

The scheme was supported by a £480,000 grant from the Homes and Communities Agency. Wellingborough Council also added an extra £124,000 of funding so that the homes could benefit from eco measures such as extra insulation and air source heat pumps, which extract heat from the air for radiators and hot water. These eco measures not only help the environment, but also save the tenants money.

Tracy Whittmore moved into the development on Saturday 3 December with her partner Stephen Saunders and their two young daughters. Tracy said: "We have family in Wollaston and it was great that we managed to get one of these houses. It's absolutely perfect for us. The house is really warm and my daughter is sleeping better than she ever did. It also seems a very friendly estate and we've already met the neighbours. "

Councillor Peter Morall, chairman of the council's community committee said: "It's important that we have sufficient affordable housing for people who want to remain in or return to their home villages so this development has been prioritised for people with a connection to Wollaston. We're also really pleased that these homes are on this particular site as the shoe factory had been derelict for a long time and had become an eyesore."

William Philpott, Director for Jephson's East region, said: "We are delighted to have worked with Wellingborough Council on this exciting development, which has turned a brownfield site into a
 
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development of high quality affordable homes. The recent Home Truths report from the National Housing Federation has demonstrated that property in Wellingborough remains unaffordable for many households, with average house prices at £157,925 - more than eight times the average wage of £18,938.

"We are committed to working with our local authority partners to increase the supply of affordable housing to meet the area's housing needs."

The new tenants will be meeting with representatives of both Jephson Housing Association and Wellingborough Council on Eastfield Road at 2pm on Monday for the opening event and photo opportunity. After brief speeches a property will be made available for viewing.