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A new multi-million pound housing development of much-needed affordable homes for local people is nearing completion on Windermere Road, near Kendal.

Two Castles Housing Association working alongside Esh Property Services as part of the Hadrian Development Solutions Partnership is constructing 27 new affordable homes for people with a connection to the town or surrounding area. The homes will be made available for rent through the Cumbria Choice lettings scheme.

Part-funded by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) with support from South Lakeland District Council, the £3.8million development includes fourteen two bedroom houses and one two bedroom bungalow, as well as ten, three bedroom and two, four bedroom homes to rent.

Built using materials in keeping with the local area, each home will be constructed to Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3 Standards and will include a number of energy-efficient features to help residents keep their energy bills affordable.

Rob Brittain, property services director at Two Castles Housing Association, said: “There is currently a real demand for quality affordable homes in areas serving rural communities across Cumbria. That is why we’re delighted that work is nearing completion on Windermere Road.

“The development is sympathetic to the vernacular of the surrounding area, with each new home constructed using traditional building methods and materials. A number of special environmental features such as a bat roosting habitat have also been created onsite to help protect local wildlife.

“Working with Esh Group as part of the innovative Hadrian Development Solutions Partnership is helping Two Castles to deliver more affordable homes in rural communities across the North West. This scheme has developed a range of new homes that are relevant to the needs of local individuals and their families in vital need of quality housing in the area.”

Simon Phillips, Regional Managing Director, Esh Border Construction which is part of Esh Group, explained further: “These are excellent new homes at Windermere Road. They are in a beautiful location sited on a slope with a ‘staggered’ layout either side of the new road which we have constructed. The homes, with their slate tiled roofs and roughcast finish, blend in really well with the countryside. It’s a great development which will provide much needed affordable housing in a lovely part of the world.”

Cllr Peter Thornton, Leader of SLDC, said: “Building more homes for people to rent is a top priority for South Lakeland District Council. This development will provide 27 much needed new homes in Kendal. The high quality build coupled with energy efficient features creates modern houses that will help future tenants keep their fuel bills to a minimum. This is a great example of partnership working which will provide new housing for our communities in South Lakeland.”

Deborah McLaughlin, Executive Director for the HCA said: “This is a great opportunity to build affordable new homes is this area. This shows the benefits of our investment and partnership working in terms of the homes and opportunities that are being created here. I look forward to seeing the development continuing to succeed.”

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