New homes for Braintree villages
PUBLISHED: 10:11 30 June 2015 | UPDATED: 10:11 30 June 2015
Two villages in Braintree district have just held official openings to mark the completion of new affordable housing schemes. The new homes in the small, rural communities of Stisted and Ridgewell are vitally important in that they will enable people and families with roots in these communities to go on living in the place they call home. This in turn should help to secure the long-term sustainability of both villages.
RCCE was closely involved in both projects through its Rural Housing Enabler service, carrying out housing needs surveys in each parish to identify the specific needs and then supporting the two parish councils throughout the process.
Upper Salters in Stisted is a development of eight homes by Hastoe Housing Association, which has a very strong track record in providing this sort of scheme. It provides a mix of one, two and three-bedroom houses, most of which are for rent. The scheme, which was actually completed last September, was officially opened in May by local County and Braintree District Councillor, Lady Patricia Newton.
The development at Ridgewell was completed in mid March and was opened early in June by Braintree’s new Member of Parliament, James Cleverly. The scheme, which is the work of CHP, comprises four houses, two for rent and two offered on a shared ownership basis.