Council houses back on agenda

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Suffolk will see its first new council homes in more than 20 years being built thanks to a grant of £1million.

The grant has been awarded to Havebury Housing Partnership, to build 65 new affordable homes across Mid Suffolk and Babergh.

Havebury has been appointed by Babergh and Mid Suffolk councils as part of a cost effective way to deliver the councils’ first phase of new council housing, with the contract set to run for four years.

The project will deliver around 65 new homes, with 27 planned in Babergh and 38 planned in Mid Suffolk.

“I’m so proud of our hardworking team for all the work they did in putting together this complex bid,” said Havebury chief executive Karen Mayhew.

“We are looking forward to working with Mid Suffolk and Babergh to deliver much-needed affordable homes in the area and helping transform the lives of people who have difficulty finding a home of their own.

“There is great demand for affordable housing in this area.

“As of August, 2014, the number of registered applicants for affordable housing in Babergh is 1,100.”

Tony Bavington, Babergh District Council’s lead member for housing, said: “News of this successful funding is very much welcomed and is just the beginning of an expanded programme of housing that both councils want, and are committed to.

“These 27 new homes will help to provide places that people want, and can afford to live in, across Babergh.

“Now it’s time for the hard work to really begin,” he added.