The completion of 82 new “affordable” homes in Ramsey, Cambridgeshire, was celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony and the planting of a tree.
Accent Housing, along with development partner The Hill Group, were joined by the town’s mayor, Councillor Roger Brereton, and senior members of the partners supporting the scheme.
Among them, were figures from Ramsey Town Council, Huntingdonshire District Council, and Homes England.
Mill View on St Mary’s Road is a community of 15 affordable rent, 27 social rent and 40 shared ownership homes. The new homes offer a selection of accommodation from maisonettes to four-bedroom houses.
Work began on site in December 2020 and has been completed in phases, with the final homes being handed over at the end of October 2023.
Sarah Ireland, Accent’s executive director of strategy and growth, said “[The] event was a wonderful celebration of the 82 beautiful new homes in Ramsey. Many of the homes for affordable rent are already occupied, with most being made available to those in the highest level of housing need from the council’s housing register. Ninety eight percent of the shared ownership properties have been sold or reserved, and thirty-four families have moved into their new dream homes.”
The homes were built by housebuilder Hill on behalf of Accent. The development has been supported by a grant allocation from the Shared Ownership and Affordable Housing Programme (SOAHP) from Homes England, the government’s housing and regeneration agency.
Accent is a Homes England strategic partner and currently has over 500 new affordable homes on site and under construction in the wider Cambridgeshire and Peterborough sub-region, delivered with the assistance of grant funding through this programme.
Simon Trice, Hill Group’s regional director, said: “We were delighted to celebrate the completion and final handover of 82 high-quality, sustainable new homes at Mill View in Ramsey with our development partner Accent Housing.
“We are committed to delivering much-needed, energy-efficient properties to support communities where there is a shortage of affordable homes available, and I hope all residents enjoy living at this exceptional development.”
Councillor Sam Wakeford, executive councillor for jobs, economy and housing at Huntingdonshire District Council, said: “Ramsey’s new affordable housing development is a testament to our commitment to creating thriving communities in Huntingdonshire. By providing affordable housing options, we are not only giving families a place to call home, but also a chance to live and work across our vibrant district.”
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