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Family relocates from Bury St Edmunds to Exning, near Newmarket, for fully accessible home





A family is preparing to move from Bury St Edmunds to Exning, near Newmarket, into a more accessible home to support their disabled son’s needs.

Natasha and Brett Callaby have been on the housing register for five years while waiting for a house large enough for them and their six children including 10-year-old Archie who is a wheelchair user and has a rare form of severe epilepsy.

Persimmon Homes Suffolk worked with West Suffolk Council to design and build a wheelchair accessible five-bedroom home with a wet room at the Chancery Park development in Exning.

Natasha, Archie and Brett Callaby (front) with Ian Hamilton, centre, Cllr Richard O'Driscoll, Cabinet member for housing, Cllr Jon London, Vice Chair of the Development Control Committee, plus representatives from West Suffolk Council and the site team from Charles Church Chancery park. Picture: Persimmon Homes Suffolk
Natasha, Archie and Brett Callaby (front) with Ian Hamilton, centre, Cllr Richard O'Driscoll, Cabinet member for housing, Cllr Jon London, Vice Chair of the Development Control Committee, plus representatives from West Suffolk Council and the site team from Charles Church Chancery park. Picture: Persimmon Homes Suffolk

Mrs Callaby said: “Words cannot express how grateful we all are to Persimmon for creating our new family home.

“As Archie grows up, accessible facilities will become more important and this home has come at the right time for us.

“Relocating to Exning will be a change for us all, but with more space that fits our needs, it’s safe to say that we cannot wait to move in.

“The area is quieter but still well connected, meaning we can travel to Archie’s appointments at Great Ormond Street Hospital with the same amount of ease as before.”

The Callaby family are one of 27 families in West Suffolk who need a larger house of four or more bedrooms that can meet their mobility needs.

They successfully bid for the property through Home-Link and are now preparing to move into their new home.

West Suffolk Council, which manages the housing register in the district, praised Persimmon for their work.

Cllr Richard O’Driscoll, cabinet member for housing, said: “It has been very challenging trying to find a home to help Natasha, Brett and their family that will meet their specific needs and help them give the best access, care and quality of life to Archie.

“Our strategic housing team regularly speaks to developers and housing providers about these needs.

“We are delighted that Persimmon has built a house to cater for one of these families and that following its advertisement on Home-Link, the house has been awarded to the Callabys.

“It’s fantastic to hear that Permission is looking at its other sites across West Suffolk with a view to delivering more of these larger homes that can meet the additional needs of other families on our register.

“It’s a great example that we hope other developers will follow. In the meantime, we wish the Callabys all our very best as they settle into their new home.”