Seven hundred and thirteen new homes were
built in Peterborough during the last financial year according to
research by Peterborough City Council.
Of the new homes built between April 2010 and
March 2011, 331 (46 per cent) were affordable. This number
- 254 social rent properties. These are owned and managed by
housing associations with rent levels set by a national body.
- Seven intermediate rent properties. These are owned and managed
by housing associations with rent levels higher than affordable
rented properties but lower than rents charged by private
- 70 Homebuy properties, also known as shared ownership.
Individuals can buy an initial share in the property from a housing
association and pay a subsidised rent on the remaining share which
they would own. In most cases, they can buy additional shares until
they own the property outright.
Of these homes, 107 were built to meet the
Lifetime Homes standard, which means that the properties meet
strict design criteria around accessibility and adaptibility. A
further 12 properties were constructed as wheelchair adapted
Councillor Marco Cereste, Leader of the City
Council, said: "These figures demonstrate the commitment by the
council to providing the infrastructure to grow Peterborough. The
creation of 713 new homes last year is a fantastic achievement by
"It is important that we provide the types of
homes that our residents need whether these are larger, more
prestigious homes, or more affordable housing. We work closely with
housing associations, developers and the Homes and Communities
Agency, which allocates government funding for affordable housing,
to understand the need for this type of home in Peterborough and to
ensure enough are provided.
"In the last financial year, we secured new
grants totalling over £15 million to provide more affordable homes.
This is great news for the city, and will help ensure a continued
supply of much needed housing over the coming years. About 100 new
affordable homes will be built this year and significantly more in
2012 to 2013."
The range of affordable home schemes completed
in the last financial year includes:
- Axiom Housing Association, in partnership with the city
council, NHS Peterborough, Larkpoint and the Homes and Community
Agency, completed its third extra care scheme - The Spinney at Eye.
Comprising 52 apartments and 12 bungalows for sale to older people,
the development also has facilities including a residents lounge,
dining room/restaurant, cinema room, hairdressing salon, micro-shop
and GP consultation room. The development was constructed using
sustainably sourced materials including a timber frame structure,
and energy production using solar panels. The buildings also
benefit from combined heat and power generation which can reduce
energy costs by up to 30 per cent.
- Hyde Minster, in partnership with Persimmon Homes, completed a
new development at Emperor Way in Fletton. Phase one included 28
homes for social rent, a mix of one and two-bedroom flats and
three-bedroom houses. Phase two has started on site and will
deliver the remaining three affordable rented homes towards the end
of the year. Hyde Minster recently announced that a further 49 new
affordable homes are to be built over the next 12 months on three
separate sites in Parnwell, Stanground and Woodston.
- A new development in Dogsthorpe built by Cross Keys Homes,
which included the housing association's 500th new home in the
city. Other recent developments by Cross Keys Homes were located at
Eye, Bretton and Dogsthorpe and are a mixture of rented and shared
ownership family houses, flats, bungalows and maisonettes.
- Longhurst & Havelok Homes (L&H Homes) celebrated the
completion of 42 affordable homes at Southview, Walton,
Peterborough. The development included two and three bedroom houses
and 18 two-bedroom flats. Also, seven existing un-modernised
terraced houses surrounding the development were refurbished and
let to families in housing need. Thirty-three of the new build
properties were allocated for affordable rent and nine of the homes
were available for low cost purchase through L&H Homes’ Rent to
Homebuy scheme. All the properties have been built to Level 3 of
the Code for Sustainable Homes.
- Muir Group Housing Association built a development of ten
bungalows in Yaxley which were specially designed for people with
physical disabilities and their families. Muir worked with the city
council to identify those most in need of the housing and then
created the homes based on their current and future requirements.
The bungalows, which are rented out, were built in partnership with
the Homes and Communities Agency, city council and Huntingdonshire
- During the last year, bpha has built more than 100 affordable
properties on three sites in Peterborough, at Hampton, Stanground
and Paston. The new homes have enabled local families to either
rent a brand new home, or get their feet on the first rung of the
housing ladder through the Newbuild Homebuy scheme. bpha’s work in
Peterborough will continue with further housing to be built at the
new Stanground site over the next two years, and bpha’s ongoing
involvement with Peterborough City Council’s Rural Housing
Partnership to bring new homes to rural areas.