Keys handed over to new Foxton council homes
New Year means a new home for tenants of 15 new council homes in Foxton.
Residents have begun moving into the much-needed South Cambridgeshire District Council houses at Hill Farm off Fowlmere Road on the edge of the village.
Many of the tenants moving in to the four one-bedroomed, six two-bedroomed and five three-bedroomed homes have grown up, lived in or have a local connection to Foxton.
Work officially started in March 2016 on the exception site – land outside of a village development boundary that would only be given planning permission for affordable homes.
One of the site’s new tenants, Charlie Martin, has been given the keys to his first home. A Foxton resident for over 30 years, Charlie lives with health issues, and his new council home will allow him to live independently in a community he knows with supportive family close by.
Charlie’s mum, Gilly Martin, said: “We are delighted that Charlie has been allocated one of the homes on the new development. Charlie was born with hydrocephalus (water on the brain) and has had to endure multiple brain surgeries all his life. The opportunity for Charlie to live independently and securely in this superior development in our village has given Charlie a new start in life and our family enormous peace of mind, for which we are extremely grateful.”
Cllr Lynda Harford, cabinet member for housing at South Cambridgeshire District Council, said: “Housing that meet the needs of local people is one of our main Council priorities. It’s been a real pleasure to meet Charlie and other new tenants and see just how thrilled they are with their new homes. Big thanks to the landowner Derek Salmons for making the land available to deliver this development, and to The Design Partnership architects and Burmor Construction builders for such a sterling and high quality job.”
Cllr Deborah Roberts, local councillor for Foxton on South Cambridgeshire District Council, said: “I cannot tell you how pleased I am to welcome Charlie and the rest of our tenants to their new homes. Having initiated this project and been involved at every stage, I’d like to thank the local community, parish council and district council for the partnership and hard work that have made this site such a success.”