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Partnership working brings affordable homes to rural Northants

Grand Union Housing Group, based in Milton Keynes, is building affordable homes in Lilbourne, Daventry and Little Addington, Kettering to help meet the demand for housing in rural Northants. The housing provider is working with Northamptonshire Rural Housing Association on the projects, which will deliver 11 homes for rent and shared ownership.

With the Office for National Statistics reporting that the percentage of houses that are affordable in Northamptonshire is at its lowest since 2003, the new homes will help address the demand for affordable housing in the region.

Dave Lakin, Director of Development & Commercial at Grand Union, said: “It’s been fantastic to see the progress at Lilbourne and Little Addington, with many properties already being completed and providing people with a brand-new place to call home.

“At Grand Union, we’re proud to work in partnership with other organisations. We offer our resources to smaller housing providers, like Northants Rural, to help them deliver their aspirations and access Homes England grant through our consortium.

“By building in rural areas, such as Little Addington and Lilbourne, we will ensure there are high-quality, genuinely affordable places for people to call home in the Northamptonshire countryside. The properties will also help those with long-standing community ties afford to continue living in the area.

“With the majority of these homes being available for social rent, the developments come as part of our strategy to deliver more of this tenure type in our operating region. In 2021/22 alone, we built more social rent houses than in the last decade alone.”

The two- and three-bedroom properties are set to be completed this summer, to add to the Northants homes Grand Union is also building in Upton and Northampton town centre.