New Norfolk affordable homes community named after popular darts player

Pictured with some of the residents of the new affordable homes are (front, from left): Christine Ca

Pictured with some of the residents of the new affordable homes are (front, from left): Christine Candlish, housing director at Victory; James Gooch with daughter Rosa; James’ wife Laura with daughter Ava; Hannah and Darren Gent with daughter Matilda. Picture: Andy Newman - Credit: Archant

A new Norfolk community boasting 24 affordable homes has been named after a popular local figure.

Jimmy Gooch, whose name was given to Gooch Close, off Coast Road in Bacton, was captain of the darts team at the adjacent Duke pub for half a century. He was 92 when he died in 2016.

Mr Gooch's grandchildren James Gooch and Hannah Gent attended a celebratory event hosted by Victory Housing Trust to welcome residents.

The social housing landlord has built 19 new homes for affordable rent to people with a strong local connection to Bacton, as well as five new homes for shared ownership.

Christine Candlish, housing director at Victory, said: 'Building new homes is about much more than just bricks and mortar; we are creating new communities.'


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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.

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