New affordable homes open in Elm

Official opening of The Dale, Elm.
Official opening of The Dale, Elm.
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A housing scheme which has delivered 21 new affordable homes in Elm was officially opened on Friday.

The 14 two-bedroom and seven three-bedroom houses at All Saints Close and The Dale are primarily reserved for those with a link to the community, to address the need for more affordable homes for local people.

The development is a classified rural exception site and two-thirds of residents moving into the new properties have a connection to the local area – either through family links, employment, or their previous living situation.

Anne Brighton, managing director at Circle Housing Roddons, formally opened the high-quality development.

She said: “I am really pleased and excited to officially open this development.

“We are proud of our strong partnership with Fenland District Council and Balfour Beatty as we strive to build much-needed affordable homes and in our communities.

“We’re proud that we’re able to help those connected with Elm to be closer to their families and jobs.”

Coun Will Sutton, Fenland District Council’s deputy leader and Cabinet member responsible for housing strategy, said: “Whilst acknowledging the differing views on the design held by local people, I’m delighted to be here for this celebration.

“I’m particularly pleased that these new homes are on my own patch here in Elm and the scheme is geared towards helping people maintain their links with this community.

“There is still a great need for more affordable homes across the district and we will continue to work with Circle Roddons and other partners to deliver them.”

Achieving Level 3 of the Code for Sustainable Homes, the modern and energy-efficient properties were built by Balfour Beatty.

The homes form part of Circle Housing Roddons’ pledge to develop 500 new affordable homes in Fenland between 2007 and 2016.

Representatives from Circle Housing Roddons and Fenland District Council joined The Dale and All Saints Close residents for the celebrations at the scheme which was designed by MPEK architectural practice and built by Balfour Beatty.