Fri 11 October 2019
Residents on the Maldon housing register have moved into brand new homes in a picturesque rural location thanks to a partnership led by Colne Housing.
Around 20 people who had been in unsuitable or temporary accommodation now have a stable roof over the heads after 13 new affordable homes were built in Latchingdon, near Maldon.
The six one-bedroom apartments and seven two-bedroom houses are situated next to fields just off Burnham Road in the village.
Two houses were available through the Help to Buy affordable home ownership scheme, which enables those struggling to own their own home get on the housing ladder with a smaller deposit, by part-renting part buying.
The development brings the total number of Colne Housing homes in the Maldon district to more than 350. The Essex-based housing association and their development partner Iceni Homes, teamed up with Maldon District Council to create the much-needed homes.
Residents joined representatives from the partner organisations and local construction company EJ Taylor for an opening celebration.
Akin Yildiz, 50, who also lives in one of the apartments, said: “I’m really happy staying here. It’s a nice road in a good area, with lovely people around me. I’m happy.”
Maldon District Council Chairman Cllr Bob Boyce MBE, who lives in Latchingdon, officiated at the ceremony.
He said: “Everyone has a right to housing which ensures access to a safe, secure, habitable, and affordable home. These much-needed homes, which have been achieved through partnership working, will provide that basic human right and help meet a gap in affordable housing provision for Latchingdon and the Maldon district.
“They provide a range of accommodation for single people, couples and families, giving local residents the opportunity to stay in their local community near to facilities such as schools and shops.
“I hope all of the new residents enjoy their new homes and I wish them all the best for the future.”
Colne’s Chief Executive Sara Thakkar said: “There is a shortage of affordable homes, particularly in rural areas, and our new development is a great example of how the local community can come together to ease the housing crisis.
“We have a long history of working with Maldon Council to provide affordable homes and are proud that this latest development means we now have 350 homes in the district occupied by people who cannot afford to rent or buy privately.”
The new homes, which were built on land formerly owned by Goodhares Farm, are occupied by residents with a local connection to Maldon district.
Colne is a vibrant, growing 3,000-home housing association which provides a range of housing solutions in Essex and Suffolk to enable independent living.