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Norfolk landlord builds 200 affordable homes in one year for first time

PUBLISHED: 13:41 19 December 2017 | UPDATED: 16:00 19 December 2017

Paul Pitcher of Wellington (left) hands over the keys at Bacton to John Archibald of Victory Housing Trust. Picture: Andy Newman

Paul Pitcher of Wellington (left) hands over the keys at Bacton to John Archibald of Victory Housing Trust. Picture: Andy Newman

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Twenty-four much-needed affordable homes have been completed in Bacton in north Norfolk, to bring the total built by Victory Housing Trust in a year to 200 for the first time.

The social landlord received the keys to the Bacton homes from developer Wellington.

Nineteen homes are being made available for affordable rent, with the remaining five being released for shared ownership.

Victory has built 948 new homes since its inception in 2006.

Its chief executive John Archibald said: “We know that the best thing we can do to ease the housing problem in north Norfolk is to build more new affordable homes, and we have promised to accelerate the rate at which we are doing that.

“I am delighted that we have completed 200 homes in a year for the first time – that means we have delivered four new homes for local families every week during the year.

“However, we are not resting on our laurels – we have another 72 new homes currently on site, with a further 79 going through the planning process.”

Lowestoft-based Wellington negotiated the purchase of the site at Bacton for affordable housing when the previous owners stopped trading.

The land had already been identified in North Norfolk District Council’s Local Development Framework as suitable for residential development, and the firm brought forward a proposal for 24 affordable homes.

Handing over the keys to the new homes, Wellington managing director Paul Pitcher said:“This is a great example of how a partnership between a developer and a housing association can create a substantial number of new affordable homes in a village like Bacton, where there is a pressing need for somewhere affordable for local people to live.

“We continue to seek suitable sites to bring forward new affordable housing, and we look forward to continuing our relationship with Victory Housing Trust to do just that in this part of Norfolk.”

The new development comprises six one-bedroom flats, one one-bedroom house, four one-bedroom bungalows, eight two-bedroom houses, one two-bedroom wheelchair-accessible bungalow, three three-bedroom houses, and one four-bedroom house. A new car park has also been built for the adjacent Duke pub.

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