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New Colne Housing community for local people - with amazing sea views!

Fri 05 May 2017

Colne Housing has just opened a brand new community of affordable homes by the sea in Harwich, Essex.

A mix of 27  houses and apartments have been developed on the former Bernards Uniforms factory in Main Road, rejuvenating the area - which looks out on to a picturesque pond and the North Sea.

The majority of the homes are being rented to people from the Harwich area who had been on the Tendring housing register.

Residents, representatives from Colne Housing and their development partner Iceni Homes, Tendring District Council (TDC), Harwich Town Council and Rose Builders attended the official opening event on Friday 5 May. Relatives from the Bernard family also attended the celebration.

The community is called Bernard Mews – marking the history of the site and was put forward by Michael Fossey, following a competition.

 

Dean and Shelley Lawson and their three children have just moved into a three-bedroom house with a garden.

Dean, a full-time painter and decorator, said: “We have just had a new baby and our house was OK but getting too small. This new home is absolutely amazing.”

 

Marcelle Kiera Kristiansen, 51, who has a one bedroom apartment overlooking the sea, said: “I love this place. I wake up every morning and watch the sun rise over the sea. Thank you!”

Marcelle lived nearby with her mother so she could care for her, before applying to move into her own home.

Colne’s Chief Executive Sara Thakkar said: “This collection of 27 modern new homes really is fantastic. We own and manage all the homes on the development and this has helped us get it absolutely right and create a great place for people to live by the sea and near local amenities.

“Working together with Tendring District Council we have been able to house a range of single people, couples and families here, who are fostering pride in their new community.”

 

Paul Price, TDC’s Corporate Director for Operational Services, welcomed the opening of these new homes for local residents.

He said: “We are very pleased to have been able to collaborate with Colne Housing over this project to provide the type of housing that is desperately needed in the district.

“It is good to see that people are moving in and enjoying this range of accommodation in a great location which had previously stood derelict for years.”


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New Colne Housing community for local people - with amazing sea views!

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New Colne Housing community for local people - with amazing sea views!

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New Colne Housing community for local people - with amazing sea views!

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