Mayor opens new homes in Wellingborough
"We are delighted that through solid partnership working we are continuing to contribute to meeting the housing needs of the people of Wellingborough."
Chan Kataria, emh group Chief Executive
Nineteen brand new affordable homes on the outskirts of town have been unveiled by the Mayor of Wellingborough.
Chan Kataria, Chief Executive of emh group, and Councillor Martin Griffiths, Leader of Wellingborough Council, were on hand to see the Mayor, Councillor Barry Graves, welcome the new residents to their homes.
Developed by emh group in partnership with house builder Westleigh and the council, the site near the River Nene contains 19 maisonettes and houses for rent and sale. There is also a children’s play area and a public open space. The scheme builds on emh group’s successful partnership with the council following the development of the former Sunlight Factory at Buckwell End.
All the homes have been fitted with high efficiency boilers and low energy lighting. Water conservation measures including flow restricting taps and water butts also add to their green credentials.
Twelves homes for affordable rent will be let through emh homes, the social landlord within emh group, and includes one-bedroom maisonettes and two-bedroom family houses.
The seven shared ownership homes, two- and three-bedroom family houses, are being offered for sale by emh group through its sales and marketing arm, Hello Homes, and will allow residents to buy a share of their home and pay rent on the rest. The homes have been designed specifically with first-time buyers, couples and small families in mind.
The £2.1 million scheme was funded by emh group, with contributions from the Homes and Communities Agency and the Borough Council of Wellingborough. The council also contributed £40,000 to provide solar panels for the rented homes.
Chan Kataria, emh group Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted that through solid partnership working with the Borough Council and Westleigh we are continuing to contribute to meeting the housing needs of the people of Wellingborough.”
Vicki Jessop, Principal Housing Manager at Borough Council of Wellingborough said: “It is vital that new developments help the Borough Council of Wellingborough in its drive to help meet the housing aspirations of all its residents. This development by emh group provides homes for those needing an affordable rent, and those looking to get their foot onto the property ladder through shared ownership. I am delighted that 19 households have managed to either rent an affordable home or, through shared ownership, actually part-buy their home. I wish them well in their new journey.”