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New rural homes keep local community together

“Schemes like this could not be possible without our fantastic partnerships with Leicestershire County Council, North West Leicestershire District Council, and the Breedon Parish Council."

Chan Kataria, emh group Chief Executive

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A new rural housing scheme at Breedon-on-the-Hill in Leicestershire has secured the future for ten local families.

Developed by emh group, the properties at Southworth Road meet the need for affordable homes in the area as demonstrated by a local housing needs survey.

The £1.5 million scheme, which will be managed by Midlands Rural Housing on behalf of Leicestershire Rural Housing Association, is a mix of 1-, 2- and 3-bed houses and apartments. Southworth Road has meant local residents like Yvonne Brown, who now works at a nearby tea rooms, can be part of the close-knit village community again.

Yvonne said: “I’m really thrilled! It’s so wonderful to be back in Breedon with my old friends. My new home is beautiful, I really couldn’t be happier.”

As well as emh group’s own resources, the scheme is funded by New Homes Bonus funding from Leicestershire County Council, with match funding from North West Leicestershire District Council, which kindly donated the land. Built by Lindum Group, the scheme is part of a wider regeneration programme from affordable housing provider emh group across the East Midlands.

Chan Kataria, Chief Executive of emh group, said: “Schemes like this could not be made possible without our fantastic partnerships with Leicestershire County Council, North West Leicestershire District Council, and the Breedon Parish Council. In addition to meeting local demand for high quality, affordable homes, we hope Southworth Road will enable local people to continue living in this beautiful part of the country.”

Jane Edmonds, from Breedon Parish Council, said: “It is wonderful to see local people benefiting from these properties, and it has made a big difference to the village of Breedon. We are a community and these new emh group homes have strengthened that.”

Roger Bayliss, Portfolio Holder for Housing at North West Leicestershire District Council, said: “There are three things that you need to make a housing scheme a success – location, location, location. We were very happy to donate the land to enable local people to continue living here, and having met some of the residents I have seen first-hand the positive difference it has made.”

County Council leader Nick Rushton, who represents Breedon, said: “I am delighted that the County Council’s £152,000 investment from the New Homes Bonus has secured homes for ten village couples and families, and kick-started construction work, boosting the local economy and jobs.”

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