The first development by an innovative venture established to help improve the supply of affordable homes in the North of England has been completed.
EN:Able Build, part of Efficiency North Group, has been working in partnership with Together Housing Group and Hobson Porter to build 24 homes for affordable rent at Harworth, Bassetlaw. The development comprises 11 two-bedroom homes and 13 three-bedroom homes.
The site on Hawkins Close was initially earmarked for a development of homes for private sale but with the average house in East Midlands eight times the average salary, this would have excluded the people most in need of housing.
Together Housing Group’s Head of Development Hilary Brady said: “We are delighted to be the first housing association to deliver a land-led housing scheme under the EN:Build programme.
“The site was destined for homes for sale on the open market but this collaboration has enabled us to provide good quality affordable homes for people who otherwise might not have been able to access one.”
EN:Able’s Head of Operations, Andy Brown, said: “Not only did we agree terms with the original developer for the scheme to be redesigned and developed as exclusively affordable homes but the project has also benefited future workers as apprenticeships have been created through the scheme.”
Richard Hunter, Managing Director of Hobson Porter, said: “It has been a difficult piece of land to build on. But now complete, it brings opportunities to families to live in affordable housing, which might otherwise have not existed. We are passionate about social value and lasting legacy and developing skills for the future – this collaboration ticks all those boxes.”
The development is part of EN:Able’s commitment to provide an extra 1,000 affordable homes in Yorkshire and the Humber by 2025.