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Over 700 new homes built in Peterborough last year

05 September 2011

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 includes:

  • 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 landlords.
  • 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 homes.

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 all involved.

"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 District Council.
  • 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.