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05 February 2013

TWO CASTLES STARTS WORK ON MUCH-NEEDED AFFORDABLE HOMES IN BOWNESS-ON-WINDERMERE

Greg Denwood at the Bowness-on-Windermere development

Greg Denwood at the Bowness-on-Windermere development

Two Castles Housing Association is furthering its commitment to delivering affordable homes for those in the greatest housing need, after work started on a new £1.8 million scheme in Bowness-on-Windermere.

Built in partnership with developers South Cumbria Construction on a brownfield site on Biskey Howe Road, the development will see the construction of 12 high quality affordable homes to rent for local people with a connection to the town and its surrounding area.

Part-funded by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) with an investment of £324,000 and with support from South Lakeland District Council and the Lake District National Park, the scheme will include six, two bedroom and six, three bedroom properties and will be constructed using a timber frame as well as using traditional building materials in keeping with the local townscape.

Rob Brittain, property services director at Two Castles Housing Association, said:
“We’re delighted that construction work is underway on what will be an important new affordable housing development in Bowness-on-Windermere. There continues to be a real demand for quality housing to rent across the Lakeland area and Two Castles is committed to working with our partners to deliver a range of high quality affordable homes that meet the needs of local people and their families. 

“This scheme will benefit those in the greatest housing need and will also help to transform a former under-used site bringing it back into community life.” 

The development, which is expected to be completed by May 2013, will also be built to Level Three of the Code for Sustainable Homes Standards. Each property will be highly insulated helping to make each individual home even more affordable by reducing overall energy bills for tenants.

Paul Lewthwaite from South Cumbria Construction, said: “We’re very proud to be working alongside Two Castles on this important affordable housing project for local people in Bowness on Windermere.  The development also helps to provide employment opportunities for our local workforce of tradesmen and local sub-contractors who will be working on the site.”

Cllr Jonathan Brook, South Lakeland District Council's Housing Portfolio Holder, said: “This development is taking place on a brownfield site and uses traditional materials to create another 12 much needed affordable homes for rent for families in our community. SLDC is committed to providing affordable homes for local people and this is another excellent example of partnership working doing just that."

Andrew Smith, LDNPA planner, said: “We’re delighted to see a local business (the Hydro) selling land to a local developer (South Cumbria Construction) who in turn has worked hard with Two Castles to deliver a 100% affordable scheme for Bowness. 

“The generosity which the Hydro has shown, and the hard work Two Castles and South Cumbria have put in is delivering homes for 12 families and making a real contribution to keeping Bowness a thriving place.  It also shows that with co-operation and willing we can still manage to deliver housing on the ground even in the current challenging economic climate.”
Anyone interested in renting one of these properties, should register with Cumbria Choice Based Lettings by visiting www.cumbriachoice.org.uk.  Alternatively, please call Two Castles’ Carlisle office on 01228 547463 or for more information visit Two Castles Housing Association, via www.twocastles.org.uk.
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