23 March 2016
Our new development of affordable homes has been officially opened on Blue Street in Boston on the site of the former Pilgrim Foods depot. The 41 new homes have been designed to have garages rather than living accommodation on the ground floor, to mitigate flood risk.
The £5 million development was built by Waterloo Housing Group in partnership with Boston Borough Council and local construction company D Brown Building Contractors Ltd. The new housing attracted government grant support of £1million from the Homes and Communities Agency and comprises 33 homes for rent and a further eight to part buy, part rent through shared ownership.
The homes offer a new chance for some residents who fell victim to flooding in their previous homes and had to move out due to the tidal surge of 2013, such as Mr and Mrs Green:
“We lived in our old house for over six years and in the floods we lost everything on the ground floor,” they said. “In our new home we know we will not get flooded and have to move out again and we feel safe here.”
Councillor Peter Bedford, Leader of Boston Borough Council, officially opened the development, and said:
“Boston Borough Council has been working for years to help enable housing providers to bring a supply of affordable homes to the market, and it is pleasing to see all that hard work beginning to pay off.
“Not only has this development provided smart new homes built to the latest standards, but it has brought into good use a previously derelict parcel of land.”
As part of the ceremony, residents, Councillors and partners gathered to see a commemorative plaque unveiled on a bench in the children’s play park and celebrated afterwards with lunch.
Anthony Riley, group director of development and operations at Waterloo Housing Group said:
"The completion of this development marks a new beginning for the local families now living here and demonstrates our commitment to working in partnership with Boston Borough Council to provide affordable housing for those who need it.”
Photo shows front row L-R: Lucy and Billy Green who were presented with a bouquet by Cllr Bedford