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Babergh getting ready to build council housing again.

by nigelbennett on 24 July, 2014

Babergh and Mid Suffolk councils have appointed a new development partner in a bid to kickstart their affordable housing programme across their districts. Havebury Housing Partnership, based in Bury St Edmunds, was successful in its bid after a formal tender and selection process.

It was already one of four existing housing associations the councils used to provide new affordable housing in Babergh and Mid Suffolk and was the most cost effective and efficient way to deliver the first phase of these new council housing developments. The contract will be for an initial four years. Both Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils are committed to developing new council housing in response to recent government initiatives designed to encourage this.

The Councils recently-adopted Strategic Plan is a blueprint of how development of the two districts will be delivered from 2014-2019. This includes shaping, influencing and providing the right mix and supply of housing.

Havebury were the most innovative and ‘go-ahead’ applicant and demonstrated how much they wanted to help Babergh and Mid Suffolk create a vibrant, affordable housing development programme on council-owned land and other sites across our district.

There is a continuing high demand in both districts for affordable housing. Local people are still unable to live in the villages and areas they grew up in as they are being priced out of the market. The appointment of our new development partner means that we can start looking at all options to try and ensure the lifeblood of our communities can continue.

 

 

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