First new council homes in 20 years take shape in Hawkinge and Lydd

Contributed by editor on Mar 13, 2015 - 08:15 AM

The first council homes to be built in Shepway for more than 20 year are taking shape.

People will not have to move – even if their needs change - Cllr Ewart-James



Two houses in Tourney Road, Lydd are due to open their doors to families in April and keys to three bungalows in Millfield, Hawkinge will be handed over in the summer.

Cllr Alan Ewart-James and Bob Porter in site


Shepway Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, Cllr Alan Ewart-James, had a chance to see progress on the home building when he visited both sites with the council’s Head of Housing, Land and Property, Bob Porter.

Cllr Alan Ewart-James and Bob Porter at Lydd


“It was great to see these homes taking shape. All five are being built and designed to be homes for life. People will not have to move – even if their needs change,” said Cllr Ewart-James.

Doors are wide enough for wheelchairs and specially-strengthened beams mean that hoists will be able to be easily installed if an older person needs to be lifted or moved. One two-bedroom bungalow at Hawkinge will also be fully adapted to be used by a person with a physical disability.

The homes will be let at affordable rents through the Shepway Housing List – with priority for local people.

The five homes are the first to be completed as part of the council’s £30m investment programme which will see 300 new homes built over the next 10 years.

The home building is just part of the council’s commitment to provide more homes for local people. As well as the new homes, affordable homes continue to be provided by Housing Association partners and other agencies. Over the next few weeks 95 affordable homes for rent and low-cost ownership will be provided in Cheriton, Lydd, New Romney and Hawkinge.

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