Double boost as homes are backed
Plans for a complex of sheltered housing gave double cause for celebration yesterday when the scheme was given the go-ahead.Breckland Council has been working closely with McCarthy and Stone on plans to develop a plot of land on Queens Road Attleborough.
Plans for a complex of sheltered housing gave double cause for celebration yesterday when the scheme was given the go-ahead.
Breckland Council has been working closely with McCarthy and Stone on plans to develop a plot of land on Queens Road Attleborough.
The company, which wanted to build 38 sheltered apartments for over 55s, always opts out of offering a percentage of homes as affordable housing, instead choosing to contribute a financial sum.
But now, after taking part in talks with Breckland's housing team, McCarthy and Stone will, for the first time, be offering affordable homes on site.
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Darryl Smith, principal housing officer, said: “We're very chuffed. It's easy to just take the money and run but this is a result of a lot of hard work and negotiations.
“Lee Webster deserves a lot of credit for this. He spent a lot of time in talks, sitting down, working this out. We would hope this is the start of McCarthy now offering affordable home provisions in all their developments.
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“People at the latter end of the market need affordable homes too; some people don't have a healthy pension to fall back on. Or they don't have a lot of money but have a house they want to sell and free up finances. This gives them the opportunity.”
Breckland's development control committee yesterday approved plans which will see a single detached building house the 38 apartments, with gardens and buggy space.