With Broadland Housing’s 6 new bungalows at Trunch now completed, tenants enjoyed a tea and cake at the official opening ceremony today marking the completion of phases 1 and 2.
The six 1- and 2-bedroom bungalows on Fullers Lane (4 affordable rent and 2 shared ownership) complete the second phase of Broadland Housing’s Trunch development. Phase 1, on Cornish Avenue, was finished in March 2018 and includes 8 affordable rent and 4 shared ownership houses/bungalows.
The new tenants and neighbours from Cornish Avenue joined Broadland Housing directors and staff, architects, builders, land surveyors and parish councillors for the celebrations.
New Broadland Housing tenant Gillian moved from Paston but she was brought up in Trunch. Her family have lived in the village for more than 40 years, and she works locally as a carer. She is thrilled that her new bungalow backs onto her mother’s house. Broadland has installed a garden gate so that Gillian can visit her mother (who is 80 and lives alone) every day. She is also delighted that for the first time, her severely disabled grandson, who uses a wheelchair, can now visit her at home, thanks to the new bungalow’s level entry and wide doors. Gillian said:
It has taken a weight off my shoulders to have Mum so close and I can keep a really close eye on her. I feel less stressed about work because I’m in the village and can get to the people I care for quickly. I have got to know all the neighbours really well already.
Chris Ewbank, chair of Broadland’s board, said:
We’re delighted to provide these much-needed, high-quality new homes. Completing this scheme helps us deliver our ambitious development programme in Norfolk which will see the association building 600 new affordable homes by the end of 2021.
It’s great to have so many of our tenants and their neighbours here today, celebrating with us. Building good relationships with our tenants and getting their input is critical for shaping our services and building strong communities as we go forward.
Rob Young, North Norfolk District Council’s Head of Economic and Community Development, said:
This is an excellent example of partnership working between Broadland Housing, the parish council and North Norfolk District Council. It is a sensitively designed development of the highest quality housing, not only helping to meet local housing need but to help sustain a strong community in Trunch.
The council hopes that other communities will be inspired by this fine example and come forward with suggestions for similar developments elsewhere.
Chris Pyett, Senior Contracts Manger at John Young Homes, said:
We are proud to have worked again in partnership with Broadland Housing at Trunch, to deliver quality housing to the local community that is affordable, modern and comfortable, matching the association’s and council’s future vision for mixed tenure housing schemes.