06 March 2015
Our new development of affordable homes officially opened this week in Bassingham, near Lincoln, with a tree planting ceremony to mark the occasion.
The £2.8 million development has given a new lease of life to former grazing land and resulted in 23 new homes for rent and shared ownership at Vasey Close. The new close is named after local landowner William Vasey, who attended the ceremony.
The scheme features 15 rented homes, including houses, flats and bungalows, and 8 two and three-bed houses sold on a part-buy and part-rent basis through shared ownership.
The new energy-efficient housing was developed by Waterloo working in partnership with developer Lindum, North Kesteven District Council and Bassingham Parish Council, and attracted investment support from the government’s Homes and Communities Agency.
Keith Baker has moved into a one-bedroom rented bungalow at Vasey Close. “It means everything to me,” he said. “The bungalow and setting are beautiful. I’ve never been so happy.”
Councillor Mrs Marion Brighton, OBE, leader of North Kesteven District Council, planted a tree at the new close. She said: “New affordable, quality housing like this is vital for keeping village communities strong and vibrant. The housing at Vasey Close is keeping families and communities together in the place where they live and work.”
Stephanie Wragg lives in one of the shared ownership houses with her partner Tom and their two young children, Isabelle and Theo. She said: “We thought we’d have to move out of the village if we wanted to buy our own place. But this shared ownership house has meant we can stay. It’s all been very exciting - even my little girl wanted to go every day after pre-school to look at it being built! It’s wonderful to be living here now.”
After the tree planting, Stephanie’s daughter Isabelle presented bunches of daffodils in the spring sunshine to local residents, councillors and other guests, who then gathered for afternoon tea in the village hall to celebrate the opening of the new homes.
Anthony Riley, our group director of development and operations, added: “Affordable rural housing projects like this are successful because of strong partnerships working to meet local needs. It is rewarding for everyone involved to celebrate the great results.”
You can view more photos of the development on Flickr.