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New £7million housing projects provide hope for property hunters

MP Matthew Hanock
MP Matthew Hanock

More than 40 new homes, giving Haverhill residents a greater opportunity to get on the property ladder, have been officially opened.

The homes in East Park Close have been built as part of a development by the Havebury Housing Partnership, and provide locals with an affordable option to stay in town.

In Chalkstone Way 21 homes compromising largely two-bedroom flats and three-bedroom houses have been constructed at a cost of £3.4million, while in Withersfield Road £3.5 million has been spent. Here the money has gone into replacing a row of six 1960s terraced bungalows, with 22 energy efficient flats and five bungalows aimed at those aged over 55.

MP Matthew Hancock officially opened the homes on Friday and unveiled a plaque to mark the occasion. He said the properties represented fresh hope for many people.

“We very much need more homes that are within financial reach for local people in Haverhill,” said Mr Hancock. “Haverhill is growing all the time, and we need to provide all types of accommodation to support our economic and community development.

“Developments like these, not only support people on the first rung of the property ladder, it also benefits our local economy and helps local people to remain living in the areas they’re familiar with.”

Both housing sites received Homes and Communities Agency grants.

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