£2.8m affordable housing project gets green light in Cumbria
Written by Scott Buckler   
Tuesday, 11 January 2011 09:31

Twenty-two affordably-priced town centre flats for older people will be built in Egremont after a £2.8m social housing project received the final green light this weekSocial enterprise and housing developer, Home Group has secured investment of £660,000 from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) to allow the new development designed for older people to go ahead. Ehen Court will consist of 22 modern two-bedroom residential flats, a communal lounge and an office with a scheme manager service. It will be located at the site of a now demolished sheltered housing complex.


Planning permission was received earlier this year and the key contractor – appointed by competitive tender – is Thomas Armstrong Construction.

Building work will now begin at the end of January, with lucky residents getting keys to their new homes approximately one year later.

The properties are ring-fenced for people aged over 55 and are all for rent. Interested readers should phone Home Group’s advice centre on 0845 606 3033.

Elsa Brailey, Home Group’s Acting Head of Development said:

“Home Group aims to become a top ten house-builder in the next ten years and we’re absolutely committed to supporting communities where people want to live. Everyone in our Whitehaven office was delighted to receive this news. These flats have an excellent location – right in the town centre - and we look forward to seeing our contractors on site later this month.”

Councillor Elaine Woodburn, Leader of Copeland Borough Council, added;

“This is fantastic news for Egremont - we were saddened when the flats had to be demolished but we understood the need for modern flats with modern facilities, and the securing of this funding will deliver just that. Well done Home Group.”

Deborah McLaughlin, Executive Director North West at the HCA, added:

 “I am really pleased that the Ehen Court scheme is now going ahead with our support. We have worked closely with Home Group and Copeland Borough Council throughout the planning process to help bring these high quality new affordable homes forward and I am sure that they will prove popular with local people.”

Source: ©HCA

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