Thirty-eight new affordable homes for Northampton
"We are delighted that we are continuing to meet the housing needs and aspirations of the people of Northampton."
Chan Kataria, emh group Chief Executive
Leicestershire-based social housing and care provider emh group has celebrated the completion of 38 new affordable homes in the Spinney Hill area of Northampton.
Chief Executive of emh group Chan Kataria was joined by Northampton Borough Council Leader Councillor Mary Markham to welcome the new residents to their homes.
Developed by emh group in partnership with house builder Westleigh and the council, the homes have been built on the former site of a primary school and are therefore in a well established residential area and close to local amenities.
The £4.5 million scheme was funded by emh group, with contributions from the Homes and Communities Agency and Northampton Borough Council.
Twenty-five homes for affordable rent will be let through emh homes, the social landlord within emh group, and includes two-bedroom maisonettes and bungalows, and two- and three-bedroom family houses.
The 13 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.
All the homes have been fitted with high efficiency boilers and low energy lighting, and water conservation measures including flow restricting taps and water butts further add to their green credentials.
Both emh group and Westleigh are committed to supporting and sustaining local companies and apprenticeships. On this development Westleigh used 21 local sub-contractors employing 50 people and three apprentices.
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 and aspirations of the people of Northampton.”
Councillor Mary Markham, leader of Northampton Borough Council, said: “It is fantastic to see these new homes opening, and families moving in to start their new lives in this excellent development which helps further our aim to provide quality, affordable housing throughout the borough.”