Approval for new homes in four villages

CHEAPER homes will be available for people living in four villages after planning permission was granted to a housing association.

Daventry and District Housing (DDH) has unveiled the plans for its first new build homes for the area, which will be the first since the affordable housing stock was transported from Daventry District Council.

The plans will see a total of 36 homes with a mixture of two and three bedroomed properties.

This will see 15 homes built in Woodford Halse split across two sites with 11 homes in Weedon, six in Crick and four in Barby.

Chairman of Weedon Bec Parish Council, Cllr Stuart Jacks, said: “There has obviously been a lot of discussions about this site and the current building is very out of the date.

“There is a need to replace these houses and I hope it can be done without too much disruption.

“I think there is a need for more affordable housing in the village.

“If it can help people stay in the village that would not normally have been able to afford it then that has to be a good thing.”

The new homes will be let to people that are either from the local area or have connections to each of the villages.

The news follows a series of consultations at community events and meetings, with support available for tenants to find alternative homes which meet their needs.

Work is due to start on the new sites in the autumn.

Executive director for DDH, Hayley Davies, said: “We are really excited to be able to announce our first new homes since transfer, marking an important milestone for our organisation.

“Last year’s Home Truths report from the National Housing Federation told us that house prices in Daventry average 8.7 times regional incomes, signalling a desperate need for more affordable homes in the area.

“These plans will help to increase the number of homes available in rural areas, where availability is particularly low.”