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Mayor Dr Nik Johnson celebrates completion of 94 affordable homes at Alconbury Weald


Mayor Dr Nik Johnson celebrates completion of 94 affordable homes at Alconbury Weald

Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Dr Nik Johnson marked the completion of 94 Combined Authority-funded affordable homes at Alconbury Weald with a tour of the site on Friday (December 1).

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.”

Mayor Dr Nik Johnson said: “Affordable housing is a major issue for people in all parts of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, so it was fantastic to see the completion of 94 new, much-needed affordable homes.”

Shamez Alibhai, Managing Director and Head of Community Housing at Man GPM, added: “We’re really proud of this site and the vibrant community that is being established around it. The lack of affordable housing is an issue across the country and it has been a pleasure to work with our partners in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough that share our mission and vision for increasing the supply of high-quality homes.”

Marcus Keys, Longhurst Group Executive Director of Growth, Development and Assets, said: “This is a new way of working between for-profit and not-for-profit registered housing providers.

“Man Group presented us with an opportunity to work on a long-term management agreement, bringing our experience and local knowledge to one of their first developments.

“Alconbury Weald is a flagship development that has created a vibrant new community and Longhurst Group is proud to be a part of that.”

Combined Authority Housing Programme Manager Azma Ahmad-Pearce, said: “I’m delighted with the completion of the project and how well received it has been. Many key workers will benefit from a new, affordable home, and it’s thanks to good partnership working with Man GPM that we can celebrate today.”