Boxford’s newest home-owners are looking forward to spending their first Christmas in their new property which they say has helped them to ‘finally be a family’.
Shannon Langworthy, 22, her partner Ben Stacey, 27, and their five-month old daughter Erin moved into their two-bedroom home in Boxford in November.
The couple grew up in the village and had their hearts set on raising their own family in Boxford, but found themselves priced out of buying outright when property prices rose.
But they were still able to realise their dream after Suffolk Housing made six of the properties at Station Field available via shared ownership.
Shannon and Ben are now looking forward to their first Christmas in their new home and to spending more time together as family.
“Boxford is a really lovely, picturesque little village, and neither of us wanted to live anywhere else,” said Shannon, whose mother, step-father, sister and nephew all live in the village.
“But the house prices are quite high and we couldn’t afford to buy outright. So when the opportunity came up for a shared ownership property, we jumped at the chance. We are so happy and really lucky that we were able to get one of the homes.
“Our house is really spacious and has a lovely secure back garden which our daughter will absolutely love when she gets older.
“It’s made a massive difference to us – before we moved, I was living with my parents and Ben was splitting his time between our house and his mum’s.
“Now we live together he is able to help out much more with Erin and we’ve also got privacy and our own space to enjoy. Its enabled us to finally be a family.
“Erin will also be the fourth or fifth generation of Ben’s family to grow up in the village. She’ll be able to go to the same primary school as her dad did, which is really nice.”
Shannon and Ben’s house is one of 25 developed by Suffolk Housing at Station Field at a cost of £2.8million. Five of the properties have been sold privately, while 14 will be rented to people who have a connection to the village.
Suffolk Housing worked with Babergh District Council to progress the scheme.
Sue Philp, chief executive of Suffolk Housing, said: “We are delighted that we’ve been able to help Shannon, Ben and Erin onto the housing ladder in the village of their choice by giving them the chance of a shared ownership home.
“At Suffolk Housing, we are passionate about supporting our rural communities by providing affordable housing so that people can remain living in the village of their choice, in turn helping make schools, shops and pubs more viable.
“The scheme at Boxford has been carefully designed to blend with the rest of the village and we hope our newest tenants enjoy living there for many years to come.”