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19 September 2019

New homes: right place, right time

Living in the countryside can be an expensive business, and often local people have to move away to find homes they can afford.

Thankfully new developments, like the one in Cosby, Leicestershire are helping local people stay put.

Jaime and her partner Jack were originally from Cosby, but they’d become priced out of the area. They’d moved out to Leicester city, but were desperate to return one day. When they heard about the new houses they applied through the council and were allocated one of the new bungalows.

Jaime is delighted with her new home: “We were the first people to move onto the street. We’ve settled in really quick. Everyone is so lovely, I went to school with a lot of them! The bungalow is amazing, and the garden is massive. It’s so much nicer than we even thought it would be.”

The new homes have been built by Nottingham Community Housing Association (NCHA) on a Rural Exception Site, meaning the homes had to be given to people with a local connection to the area.

At the official opening of the site last week, Councillor Les Phillimore, Blaby District Council’s portfolio holder for Housing and Community Services commented: “These new homes have been built in the right place at the right time. I’m so pleased to see it complete; now it’s down to the new residents to make it their own.”

Terry Richardson, Leader of Blaby District Council added: “Schemes like this are critically important to the health, viability and well-being of our residents. This is a brilliant scheme, and a great example of partnership working, thank you to everyone involved.”

There are 32 new homes on Croft Road and the newly created Prior William Close. One bedroomed houses mix with family homes and bungalows to cater for all needs. Most of the homes have been offered for affordable rent, but seven homes on the site have been sold for shared ownership and three are let through the Rent to Buy scheme.

NCHA worked with Midlands Rural, Blaby District Council and Cosby Parish Council and consulted with local residents to make the project a reality.

Allan Fisher, Director of Developments and Assets explains: “It’s been 14 years since we started talking with Blaby District Council about building new homes for Cosby. It just goes to show how long these things can take. But it’s been worth the wait. Thanks to Cosby Parish Council and Blaby District Council for their support. It’s great to see the homes finally complete and so well received by the community.”

The homes are owned, part-financed and managed by NCHA. Homes England also helped fund the project which was designed by brp architects and built by GEDA Construction.