Tilton on the Hill. Laying 1st brick – Courtesy of Loughborough echo

Tilton on the Hill welcomes new affordable homes.

The Leicestershire village of Tilton on the Hill has seen the start of building work for six new affordable homes. Harborough District Council, Leicestershire County Council, Tilton on the Hill and Halstead Parish Council and Nottingham Community Housing Association (NCHA) have teamed together to bring more homes to the area allowing local people to continue living in this rural community.

Allan Fisher, NCHA’s Assistant Director of Development and New Business explains NCHA’s commitment to rural developments:

“NCHA will continue to find ways in difficult economic times to deliver much needed affordable housing in rural communities. At Tilton on the Hill, the funding contributions made by the Leicestershire County Council, Harborough District Council and NCHA have allowed this project to move forward and we look forward to the properties being made available in 2014 to the local community.”

The project to build six new homes in Tilton on the Hill started in 2008 after the Parish Council conducted a housing need survey, researching the need for affordable housing in the parish, embracing type, design and location of new housing. The agreement for the new properties comprise of two 2 bed houses (one being shared ownership), two 3 bed houses (one also being of shared ownership), one 2 bed bungalow and one 1 bed house.

The investment for the new homes, will receive £100,000 from both Leicestershire County Council and Harborough District Council, with NCHA being selected to develop and manage the new homes.

Councillor Phil King, Harborough District Council’s Executive Member for Planning, Environment & Community Safety showed his support for this new development:

“Harborough District Council is delighted to be involved in this partnership development that will provide decent affordable homes for the local people in one of our important rural settlements.”

Councillor Pam Posnett, from the Leicestershire Rural Partnership and Leicestershire County Council also supported the new homes:

“I am delighted that excellent partnership working and a collaboration of funders is enabling these new affordable homes to be built in Tilton on the Hill. They will be a valuable asset for the local community for generations to come, allowing local people to remain within the village.”

Building developer, Waters Homes, a family run Leicestershire business, are working in partnership with Pelham Architects to create the new properties. The properties will have solar thermal water heating roof panels which will provide tenants with cheaper hot water, and air source heat pumps to provide cheaper space heating. Each property will be wheelchair friendly as the front and back entrances have level access and will also have a water butt in the garden for rainwater recycling.

Commenting on the project, Dominic Waters, Development Director at Waters Homes, said:

“For us, this scheme has two overriding factors. Firstly, that the homes are sympathetic to the rest of the village and, secondly, to offer intelligent and cost effective living through sustainability. This is why so many eco features are being built in to the specification. As a family business, we know first hand what other families and individuals want from their homes and we’re sure these new affordable properties will be a welcome addition to the community.”