Developers break ground on affordable housing scheme

.      Barnwell 2 from left to right ' Peter Bradley (Jefferson Sheard), Gary Marshall (Davis Langdon), Graham Wise (Barnwell Parish), Chairman John Farrar, Councillor Clive Wood, Simon Preston (Westleigh) and project manager John Henderson (Longhurst Group).
. Barnwell 2 from left to right ' Peter Bradley (Jefferson Sheard), Gary Marshall (Davis Langdon), Graham Wise (Barnwell Parish), Chairman John Farrar, Councillor Clive Wood, Simon Preston (Westleigh) and project manager John Henderson (Longhurst Group).
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Developers have started work on an affordable housing scheme in Barnwell, near Oundle.

Spire Homes are building nine two and three-bedroom properties which they say will be available below market-rate rent and for shared ownership when they are completed in October this year.

Priority will be given to buyers who have a connection to the Barnwell area.

East Northamptonshire councillor John Farrar, ward member for Irthlingborough, said: “We know these homes are needed now more than ever, and we are grateful to everyone involved for making them a reality. These homes in Barnwell are a great way for us to help first time buyers buy their own homes and get on to the property ladder, and what better way to celebrate than as part of Shared Ownership Week.”

Shared Ownership Week, a campaign run by the National Housing Federation, aims to highlight the need for shared ownership in the housing market.

Cllr Farrar, who is the Spire Homes chairman, marked the start of work by cutting the soil with guests. He was joined by East Northamptonshire Council chairman Clive Wood, Graham Wise from Barnwell Parish Council, Simon Preston from Westleigh Developments, Peter Bradley from Jefferson Sheard architects, Gary Marshall from Davis Langdon and Longhurst Group project manager John Henderson – all of whom have been instrumental in the development.

Spire Homes says it has plans to build about 400 new homes throughout Northamptonshire over the next four years.