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Colne resident urges people in housing need to apply for new affordable rent homes

21 November 2019

Colne Housing resident Michele Logson is urging people in housing need in East Suffolk to apply for brand new homes that have just been built.

Mrs Logson’s new home is part of the biggest development that housing association Colne and their development partner Iceni Homes have undertaken in the county.

They are creating 60 new homes in Melton, near Woodbridge, and residents are moving in in phases throughout 2019 and 2020. There are still homes available and Colne is encouraging people in housing need to register now. This is a major step forward for addressing homelessness in the Suffolk area.

Prior to the move, Mrs Logson, 48, struggled to afford privately rented accommodation in Wickham Market, eventually she had to move to temporary accommodation.

With her teenage daughter, this was a tough situation for Mrs Logson. She feared that she “wouldn’t be in with a chance of getting a home in Melton” and could not believe it when her application was successful.

She emphasised how the Colne team were helpful and reassuring, adding: “I feel more secure, I know that the home is ours now.

There is more stability for us here”.

Mrs Logson is not the only resident embracing life in Melton. She described how she had already met her new neighbours and formed a sense of community.

She said: “Everyone is really nice and friendly. We are near to Woodbridge but just far enough out of town”.

Mrs Logson is positive about the future and pleased that her daughter can now settle in one place. She is passionate that others should apply for the new homes to see if they too can benefit from this development.

Colne’s Chief Executive, Sara Thakkar, said: “Melton is a beautiful village and we believe that it is critical that local people and their families have access to affordable homes in rural locations such as this.

This is our largest development in Suffolk and we are optimistic about the difference this will make.”

Colne encourages other people to register with Gateway to Homechoice to discover if they too could be eligible for a new property in Melton, near Woodbridge: www.gatewaytohomechoice.org.uk

Colne manage over 3,000 homes across Essex and Suffolk, with enabling independent living at the forefront of their strategy.


Colne provides affordable home ownership opportunities in Brighlingsea

10 July 2017

Colne Housing is building eleven brand new modern homes in Brightlingsea for local people who want to get on the property ladder or need an affordable rent. There will be a range of two and three-bed properties available from September at Brian House Court, off Robinson Road. Three of these are being marketed for shared ownership under the Help to Buy scheme.

Colne’s Chief Executive Sara Thakkar said:

“There remains a huge demand for affordable housing in north Essex. Colne is pleased to be able to offer both homes to buy and rent on this new site in Brightlingsea.”

The rented properties will be allocated to those in most need on the Tendring District Council housing register. The shared ownership properties are available for part buy, part rent from around £66,000 on www.helptobuyese.org.uk. Colne, with its development partner Iceni Homes, aims to build 150 affordable houses or apartments in Essex or Suffolk each year.

The Colchester-based housing association has just completed more shared ownership homes at Marconi, Chelmsford. In addition, work is well under way on the construction of seven apartments and houses on the Mersea Homes development in Mile End, which will be available at affordable rents. Colne aims to build 700 new homes over the next five years.

Helen Portch, of Colne Housing, is shown around the the new homes under construction in Brightlingsea by a builder for the Anderson Group.

Helen Portch, of Colne Housing, visits the new affordable homes being built in Brightlingsea.


Colne offers another 50 affordable homes in Colchester

29 April 2017

More than 50 modern new homes for people who cannot afford to buy or rent privately are currently being built in Colchester by Colne

The Colchester-based housing association is committed to playing its part in solving  Essex’s housing shortage by providing homes at affordable rents or for shared ownership, to enable people to live independently.


Work underway on affordable homes in Halsted

28 April 2017

Work has begun on the £2.9 million development of 22 properties in Halstead which will be available at affordable rents to local people unable to buy or rent privately.

Colne, an Essex-based housing association, is funding the development of a range of homes in different styles and sizes.

Among them are one and two-bedroom apartments, terraced houses and semis, as well as one three-bedroom detached bungalow. The homes will be allocated to people on Braintree District Council’s housing register.

To read the full article please click here.

Colne provides affordable homes in Felsted

28 April 2017

A number of new affordable homes are being constructed in Felsted as part of Colne housing association’s commitment towards helping solve the local housing crisis.

The 11 homes include a two-bedroom detached bungalow and 10 two- and three-bedroom semis, of which three are currently being offered for shared ownership. The others are available at affordable rents to people on Uttlesford District Council’s housing register. This is the first Colne development in Felsted following the building of new homes in Great Chesterford in 2015.

The properties are on the Cromwell Place development, on the edge of Felsted towards Little Dunmow, where a total of 40 homes are being constructed.

Colne’s properties, being developed in partnership with Iceni Homes, and residents are due to move in early 2017.

Colne’s Chief Executive Sara Thakkar said: “It is really important that affordable properties are available in rural communities, as well as town centres.

“These lovely new homes are among 700 we are building over the next five years as we strive towards creating more homes that people can afford at a time of spiralling house prices.”

Colne manages over 3,000 homes across Essex and Suffolk and specialises in enabling independent living.


Colne offers affordable homes in Chelmsford

25 March 2015

Colne, the Essex based housing association, is building over 100 new properties on the old Marconi site in Chelmsford for shared ownership and affordable rent.

Aptly named ‘The Switch’, the new site offers a fantastic, affordable opportunity to buy a brand new apartment, within the prestigious Marconi development, situated in the heart of the City. The contemporary shared ownership homes will be available to purchase from just a 35% share, with an option to own up to 100% - meaning home ownership can be a reality.

The mix of one, two and three bedroom apartments provides great choice for first time buyers, singles, couples and small families alike. The properties are located in an excellent position and are walking distance from the train and bus stations, Anglia Ruskin University, leisure facilities and the City Centre, offering the very best of urban living. 

Mark Powell Davies, Chief Executive Colne, commented

“There is a very real need for affordable homes in this region and we are really delighted that we are able to offer such fantastic apartments at an affordable price.

We have worked hard with Bellway Homes and Chelmsford County Council to ensure we provide the right mix of homes to the people of Chelmsford. Statistics show there’s a huge need for quality, affordable apartments in the City and this is what we believe the Switch delivers.”


Homefocus focusing on the Switch

22 March 2015

Colne Housing is offering shared ownership on homes on the former Marconi 'birthplace of radio' site in Chelmsford City centre. And two bedroom apartments are available to reserve off plan now.

Aptly named 'The Switch', this development has been priced to encourage an affordable opportunity to switch from renting to buying a brand new apartment. Suitable for first time buyers, singles, couples and small families, residents will have access to a state of the art gym and concierge service.

The generous sized apartments, which will be finished in the Spring, offer comfort and contempory fittings. All come with fitted carpets to the bedrooms and vinyl flooring to the kitchen, living areas, bathroom and entrance hall.

High quality fitted kitchens and worktops haven been chosen and designed to make the best use of space. Allocated parking, cycle sheds and recycling facilities for all homes comes as standard.

The next phase in 2017 will bring a mix of one, two and three bed apartments, providing even greater choice. The Switch is in the heart of Chelmsford, within walking distance of the train and bus stations, Anglia Ruskin University, leisure and shopping facilities.

To be eligible for these properties you need to be living or working in Chelmsford.