A NEW rural housing development in Ridgewell has been launched by James Cleverly in his role as the new MP for Braintree.
The four new homes in Chapel Road, Ridgewell, for affordable rent and shared ownership, were welcomed by Braintree District Council’s Cabinet member for Planning and Property, Lady Patricia Newton, and members of Ridgewell Parish Council.
The properties are situated on a Rural Exception Site - an area which would normally not have been developed - after a housing needs survey conducted by Ridgewell Parish Council revealed a need for affordable homes in the village. All of the homes - named Bush, Cutmore, Cooper and Ward - are named after Ridgewell residents who fought in the First World War.
Due to it being a Rural Exception Site, residents must have a connection with Ridgewell - either by currently living in the village or through employment or family – before they are allocated a property.
After purchasing the land from Essex County Council, we worked with the local authority, Braintree District Council, builders, DCH Construction, architects, The Design Partnership, employer’s agent, Oxbury & Company, and the Rural Community Council of Essex to create the homes.
The two and three-bedroom properties have all received a level-four rating under the governments Code for Sustainable Homes, due to the use of photovoltaic panels and air source heat pumps, and they also meet the Lifetime Homes Standard.
“I’m absolutely delighted to be here and what many of you probably don’t know is that this is my first official ribbon cutting since being elected MP,” said James Cleverly. “I’m really impressed with the homes as they fit in with the current properties in Ridgewell. A good home is the foundation of all which is important, as you can’t have a successful home life without having a good quality home.”
Ursula Heelis, CHP Chair, commented: “I’m delighted to be here today to celebrate these magnificent houses which have been built specifically for people who have a local connection to the village. I’ve attended many conferences where people kept saying ‘we must consider rural villages where more affordable homes are required’. Well I’m pleased to say that by working with our partners we’ve provided them in Ridgewell.”
“My new home is absolutely lovely; needless to say I’m very happy with it. I’ve lived in the area for 15 years and I love it here as all my friends and family are nearby. I must admit I feel very lucky to have received one of the new properties and I’m looking forward to creating a home here for myself and my son,” added our new resident Julie Nicholls.