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.
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.”