£5m new homes development is opened

Cllr Derek Zanger and Burton Latimer mayor Roger Knight plant a tree at the site of the new affordable homes, off Bridle Road

Cllr Derek Zanger and Burton Latimer mayor Roger Knight plant a tree at the site of the new affordable homes, off Bridle Road

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Two new multi-million pound housing developments in the borough of Kettering have been officially opened.

The mayor of Burton Latimer planted a tree at the £9.1 million development of 77 new affordable homes on open space at the new development off Bridle Road, in the town, which is made up of four new roads – Mutlow Drive, Dearlove Road, Gardner Road and Walden Road.

The new homes, provided by Waterloo Housing Group, is the result of a partnership between Kettering council and Waterloo, with the support of developer Westleigh Partnership Homes and Burton Latimer Town Council.

Cllr Roger Knight, mayor of Burton Latimer, said: “I’m pleased that the development’s four new roads feature the names put forward by Burton Latimer Town Council of significant past residents of the town. These include Brian Mutlow, who was an influential figure involved in many activities including the Scouts, the Prince’s Trust, and as local churchwarden, and also Shelia Walden who was a well respected and hard working town councillor and local business woman.”

Meanwhile, a £4.8 million housing development aiming to transform the derelict site of a former college in Kettering has also been opened.

A stone plaque was laid at Tresham College’s old St Mary’s Road site, where 40 homes have been provided by Waterloo Group in partnership with Kettering council, developer William Davis Ltd and North Northants Development Company.

The development was also supported by £1.9 million of grant funding from the Government’s Homes and Communities Agency.

At the site’s opening, Cllr Steve Bellamy, portfolio holder for housing at Kettering council, said: “It’s great to bear witness to the successful outcome of the partnership. This scheme provides urgently needed new homes that are especially well-designed and complement the locality.”

Natalie Haynes and Dean Stacey live in a three-bedroom rented house on the development, with their young sons Devon, Noah and Zachary. In his job as a roofer, Dean actually worked on the new housing.

“We had applied to move as were in a small house and needed more space,” he said. “As soon as I saw these houses being built I told Natalie about them and we were over the moon when our application bid was successful. It’s a great community here and everyone mingles in well.”