New homes celebrated

mhde-25-10-13 homes oct69''Tree-planting ceremony which took place on Friday October 25 at the site of the final homes to be completed, in Bucknills Lane, in Crick.' 'Cllr Richard Atterbury and Chris Heaton-Harris,MP, and representatives from Daventry & District Housing,
mhde-25-10-13 homes oct69''Tree-planting ceremony which took place on Friday October 25 at the site of the final homes to be completed, in Bucknills Lane, in Crick.' 'Cllr Richard Atterbury and Chris Heaton-Harris,MP, and representatives from Daventry & District Housing,

A ceremony marked a Daventry-based housing association’s three-year programme to replace Airey houses across the district with affordable homes.

Daventry & District Housing (DDH) tenants were joined by local MP Chris Heaton-Harris and schoolchildren from Crick Primary School to celebrate the completion of the scheme, which has seen 36 new affordable homes built across the district in total.

Mr Heaton-Harris and DDH board director Cllr Richard Atterbury, planted the ceremonial tree and prizes were given out to winning schoolchildren who took part in a competition to design homes of the future. Green Acres Farm Rural Enterprises CIC, a local social enterprise that DDH supports, provided food and refreshments at the event.

Hayley Davies, DDH executive director, said: “This was a fantastic way to mark the completion of this scheme.

“We are delighted to have been able to significantly increase the provision of affordable homes across the district through this programme.

“The Airey houses at this site and across the district had become dilapidated. We have replaced these with new, quality affordable homes.”

The new Bucknills Lane homes provide a mix of semi-detached two and three bedroom homes. And replace four Airey houses which were made of pre-fabricated concrete and designed as a quick solution to the lack of housing after the Second World War. Over time they had become dilapidated and no longer met the correct standards.

The programme of replacing 16 Airey houses across the district has enabled DDH to provide a total of 36 new homes which have all been constructed to meet environmental standards to ensure new tenants have energy efficient homes.

David Gough, regional director of Lovell, added: “It is great to have delivered the final part of this scheme with DDH and to be providing families in the area with lovely new homes. It is important that rural areas are not neglected when it comes to the provision of affordable housing so we are particularly pleased to be involved in this important project.”