New homes in Horncastle pay tribute to the past

23 May 2016

(Photo: Victoria Atkins, MP for Louth and Horncastle, (pictured on right) with local residents and relatives of the late town councillors (Steve Newton, Ann Wayne and Jack Simpson) after whom some of the roads are named)

Fun for all the family was on offer at the official opening of Waterloo Housing Group’s new £12 million Centurion Park affordable housing development in Horncastle.

The development was opened by Victoria Atkins, MP for Louth and Horncastle, who unveiled a boulder that paid special tribute to the Roman history of the site. Significant Roman remains were uncovered during excavation for the site.

The opening ceremony was followed by a fun afternoon of entertainment and food, which was enjoyed by local families and invited guests. Local singer Nathanael Landskroner entertained the crowds and there were dance performances from Horncastle Community Primary School and Banovallum Secondary School.

The new development, which was completed in March, includes 106 new homes for rent and shared ownership and a toddler play area. East Lindsey District Council has contributed almost £900,000 towards the new housing project, which is also supported by nearly £2.1 million of government investment from the Homes and Communities Agency. The work, which has been completed by GEDA Construction, included demolishing and replacing some outdated maisonettes and improving and extending the adjacent allotments.

Anthony Riley, Group Director of Development and Operations at Waterloo Housing Group, said: “We are pleased to be able to formally recognise the rich history of this site and celebrate the future of these new homes and the families who live in them. By working closely with our partners, we have been able to ensure that local people can remain living and working in the area they have grown up in.”

Portfolio Holder for Communities at East Lindsey District Council, Councillor William Gray, said: "This development provides much needed quality affordable housing for local people. It is a fantastic example of partnership working. “Over the past seven years, East Lindsey District Council and Waterloo Housing Group have worked together through our Housing Capital Programme. We have successfully delivered almost 1,000 affordable homes. I hope generations of local families will enjoy the benefits of living here.”

Eight 2-bedroom homes are still available to buy at the development through shared ownership, with prices starting from £30,000 for a 25% share. See the Waterloo Homes website for more details.