Affordable housing development in Lavenham held up as example for other communities to follow
A new affordable housing scheme in Lavenham – described as the first community land trust development in Suffolk – has been held up as an example to other communities for the future, following its official opening.
Representatives of the Lavenham Community Land Trust (CLT) and Hastoe Housing Association gathered on Friday for the ribbon cutting on Peek Close, a new development of 18 affordable homes on the former site of a disused maintenance depot.
Built as part of the Lavenham Neighbourhood Plan, the scheme is intended to help address the local affordable housing shortage, which has seen many local people priced out of the market.
House prices in the village have increased by 43 per cent in the last 10 years, according to property comparison website Zoopla.
The Lavenham CLT, which was formed in 2014 to support the provision of affordable housing, explained the partnership was Hastoe was formed with the sole purpose of prioritising people with a connection to Lavenham, to help them stay in the area.
Carroll Reeve, CLT chairman, said: “As the first CLT development in Suffolk, these homes have created great deal of interest.
“However, it’s important to remember that these affordable houses are only possible thanks to the dedication of so many people who worked to bring this development to life.
“Building these houses has shown us how possible it is to create much needed affordable homes with community involvement.
“It’s taught us that in the future, we all need to be ambitious in working to build houses local people need, want and most importantly can afford.”
South Suffolk MP James Cartlidge, who carried out the opening, added: “By delivering these homes through their neighbourhood plan, the development has buy-in from the local community, and provides homes for families with a connection to the village.
“This is an inspiring project and an exemplar of what can be achieved by ambitious communities and through collaboration between all the key local stakeholders.
“I would like to pass on my congratulations to all of the organisations and individuals involved.”