The first ten new homes in an affordable housing development in Billesdon, Leicestershire have been handed over to Waterloo Housing Group.
The project was made feasible thanks to the work of property development consultancy POD in securing funding and purchasing the site. Local affordable homes specialist Geda Construction were appointed as the building contractor, while Nottingham based Pelham Architects designed and project managed the scheme.
The development was carefully conceived using vernacular architecture, a style which reflects local building traditions and materials to ensure that the properties blend seamlessly into the existing community.
Senior Architect Simon Henderson explained “Due to the rural nature of the area, the development needed to appear part of the existing surroundings. Some of the features we’ve included to allow for this are the dormer windows, walled gardens and timber door surrounds, along with other detailing and materials.”
The mixture of one, two and three bedroom homes will provide much needed accommodation to local residents who may otherwise have struggled to remain within the community.
Anthony Riley, Waterloo Housing Group Director of Development and Operations said: "This new development is a great example of a village scheme designed to meet rural housing needs. We have worked closely with partners at Harborough District Council to ensure that the properties have been let to local people in need of an affordable home."
A final eight properties are due for completion this autumn.