Viscount Coke Opens New Brancaster Housing Development

Viscount Coke officially opened a new affordable Hastoe housing development in Common Lane, Brancaster, on Tuesday 10 July.

Common Lane is Hastoe’s second scheme within the parish of Brancaster and comprises 10 affordable homes. It is a high-quality scheme including 7 homes for rent and 3 for shared ownership. Working in partnership with the local authority, the homes were allocated to people who have a strong connection to the parish. As a rural exception site development, priority for the houses is for local people now and in the future.

The scheme has achieved Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4. The homes all benefit from Air Source Heat Pumps

Also in attendance at the opening was John Snelling, Chairman of Brancaster Parish Council, Hazel Williams MBE, Hastoe Board Member, and Sue Chalkley, Hastoe CEO who made short speeches on the day.

Our first development in Brancaster, at Saxon Field, was completed in 2005 and when the local authority investigated if there was a further housing need in the village, the parish council asked Hastoe to lead again in a new scheme delivery. With support from the Homes and Communities Agency and King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council the homes in Common Lane were completed in January 2012.

A break-down of the property types is as follows:
7 for rent
1 x four bed house
1 x three bed house
1 x two bed house
4 x 1 bed flats

3 for shared ownership
3 x three bed houses

Viscount Coke kindly agreed to open Hastoe’s Brancaster scheme, before he cut the green ribbon, he addressed the attendees, he said “he was very impressed with Hastoe, the architecture and design, it lifted these properties to a high level, the use of differing materials and the positioning of the properties made them fit into the village very well, they are a major asset to the local community providing much needed houses for local people”.

John Snelling, Chairman of Brancaster Parish Council, commented, “ I’m delighted with the partnership working between Hastoe & the parish council and look forward to doing another project, adding to the existing two that already provide must needed homes for local people”. :

John Lefever, Regional Head of Development, for Hastoe East region comments:
“We were delighted when the parish council asked us to develop a second site in Brancaster, especially as these homes are really needed by local people. We are grateful to the local authority and the Homes and Communities Agency for the investment that helped make us progress.”
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