visits Highbridge to launch £8.5m affordable housing project
government minister visited Highbridge on Friday (March 20th)
to formally launch an £8.5m affordable housing project in
Secretary Chris Grayling, accompanied by Conservative General
Election candidate for Highbridge and Burnham James Heappey, visited
the former cattle market site in Highbridge to see the affordable
housing scheme there.
will provide 58 new homes on the market site, together with 22
homes on the former hotel site, in partnership with the YMCA.
new development is being overseen by Sedgemoor District Council
and also involves the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), Knightstone
Housing Association and Bovis Homes.
North Sedgemoor - within the Wells constituency that includes
Burnham - construction of affordable houses are at their highest
levels since 2010, with 117 new homes anticipated in 2015/15 and
111 already under construction for 2015/16.
Heappey said: "Sedgemoor District Council are to be congratulated
on delivering yet another quality affordable housing scheme and
for doing so on a brownfield site. Homeownership is the ambition
of so many people but house prices and the size of the deposits
needed are too often a barrier."
for shared ownership or rental, these houses are much needed and
will allow local people to escape the waiting list and to live
in a good quality home."
Grayling said: "Im grateful to Sedgemoor District Council,
Knightstone and Bovis for showing me around this development.
We need a good supply of affordable homes to give people the opportunity
and security that comes with having a home of their own. It is
great that this development will provide much needed affordable
housing for local people whilst utilising a brownfield site."
councillors attending Friday's event included Chairman Peter Downing,
Councillor Andrew Gilling, Sedgemoors portfolio holder for
housing, and Bob Filmer Chairman of the Development Committee.
Councillor Gilling said: "This council has overseen the delivery
of record numbers of affordable homes in recent years punching
above our weight in helping to meet the demand from local people."
the council and its partners continue to work in finding new and
innovative ways to source and finance affordable housing schemes."
new jobs, industry and infrastructure projects such as Hinkley
C, it is vital that we re-affirm our commitment to
increasing and sustaining the delivery of new affordable housing
and build on out strong record of helping who would otherwise
face difficulty in finding their own home."
2008, Sedgemoor District Council has been responsible for the
generation of 1,600 new affordable homes across the district,
and bringing back into use 1,900 empty private or commercial premises.