Affordable housing development in Irthlingborough described as 'life-changing'
23 December 2019
Longhurst Group’s new development of affordable homes in Irthlingborough has been described as ‘life-changing’ by people living there.
We have redeveloped the previously derelict row of terraced housing on High Street into a selection of two and three-bedroom homes available on an affordable rent basis.
Director of Development and Sales, Nick Worboys, said: “We are really pleased to see the outcome of this project, which really has improved the area.
“As outlined in our Improving Lives 2025 strategy, we have provided homes where they are needed and worked in partnership with a number of organisations to achieve what we have.
“We did not set out on this project to generate profit, but rather to improve the lives of our customers and the communities in which they live.”
The project, partly funded by a £300,000 grant from Homes England, has improved the area, which was previously a hotspot for anti-social behaviour.
“This site has attracted anti-social behaviour in the past and we are very proud to have given the area a new lease of life by transforming it to provide much-needed affordable family housing,” added Nick.
As outlined in our Improving Lives 2025 strategy, we have provided homes where they are needed and worked in partnership with a number of organisations to achieve what we have.
Morgan Diggle is one of the first customers to move into her new home and said its fully-accessible design has made it much easier for her.
She said: “The house is lovely. My previous property wasn’t accessible, but this one is and it is life changing.
“My last home didn’t have widened door frames, there was a step out the front so I couldn’t get my wheelchair out the front and it didn’t have a downstairs toilet.
“This place has everything and meets my needs.
“The area is lovely and quiet and everyone keeps themselves to themselves. There is no through traffic and there is no trouble at all.
“I am absolutely, 100 per cent happy to be living here.”
We have worked alongside multiple partner organisations to deliver this development, including East Northamptonshire Council and developer Snowdon Homes.
Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, Councillor Steven North, said: “We are dedicated to working with responsible housing associations to deliver high-quality affordable homes for our residents.
“This development has provided Irthlingborough residents with much-needed affordable homes for those seeking housing in Irthlingborough.”