Earlier this month the Mayor marked the completion of 94 Combined Authority-funded affordable homes at Alconbury Weald.
The site, at The Boulevard, Alconbury Weald, has 65 affordable rented and 29 shared ownership homes, mainly for key workers, and was funded with a £4.4 million grant from the Combined Authority’s Affordable Housing Programme. The homes are a mix of one to four bedrooms and will be managed by Longhurst Group.
The Combined Authority worked with the site owner Man GPM, the private markets business of Man Group, in conjunction with the developer Crest Nicholson, to provide affordable homes for key workers on the site.
The day began with a tour of the site and a visit to one of the homes, followed by a gathering at the local café Bohemia. As well as the Mayor, representatives of the Community Housing team at Man GPM and Longhurst attended, alongside Huntingdonshire district councillors Tom Sanderson and Ann Blackwell.
Residents are already enjoying living on the new development. Kayleigh Keiss who lives on the new development with her partner said: “We’re very pleased with our new home. It’s an upgrade for us as we were renting and didn’t have a garden or our own space. The house is open plan living and a lot bigger. We’re very, very happy.
“Shared Ownership has made this affordable. We wouldn’t have been able to get onto the property ladder without Shared Ownership, so it’s definitely helped us get to this point.
“We also want to look into staircasing and owning a bigger share in the future.”