Rural housing officially opened in Walesby
At a celebration event on 27 October, Senior Architect Simon Henderson joined representatives from NCHA, Newark and Sherwood District Council, RG Carter Construction and local residents to give a tour of the new homes.
Pelham designed and developed the new scheme of 19 homes and the development cost in the region of £3.6 million. There's a mix of two-bedroom bungalows and two and three-bedroom homes. Five of the homes have been sold with the help of shared ownership, and 14 have been let through Newark and Sherwood District Council.
The homes were designed to be EPC A rating. They are full of energy saving features, fitted with solar panels, and car charging points to help reduce carbon emissions and cut energy costs.
Simon Henderson, Senior Architect, said: "We were delighted to have the chance to design the second phase of the scheme and are really pleased with the quality of the homes constructed by the team at R.G. Carter."
The land for the new homes on the edge of the Walesby, is termed a ‘rural exception site’, allowing the building affordable homes with the sole purpose of addressing local housing need. The rapid rise of house prices in rural areas can make home ownership impossible for some, and that’s why schemes such as this are an important option. Developments such as this offer affordable accommodation for local people who might otherwise have been priced out of the area.
Rowan Cozens, Deputy Leader of Newark and Sherwood District Council, says: “I am delighted to have the opportunity to shine a spotlight on phase two of the affordable rural exception scheme at Haughton Way. The lack of affordable housing is a growing problem in many rural communities and these schemes help to keep small communities in the countryside alive by enabling young and old alike to remain in villages where they have family connections".