Colne Housing has continued a long-standing tradition of providing affordable homes for local people on land which was owned by jam manufacturers Wilkin and Sons in Tiptree.
Colne, the Essex-based housing association, with their development partner Iceni Homes, has built a £3.6million community of 20 homes for people who cannot afford to buy or rent privately.
Around 60 people from the Colchester area will move in to the one-, two- and three-bed maisonettes and terraced properties on the new Factory Hill site, which is part of the larger Nine Acres development being built by Crest Nicholson.
Wilkin and Sons - which sold the site a few years ago in order to generate funds to improve and expand the factory and product range – had been providing lower-cost housing for local people since 1885.
Colne’s Chief Executive Sara Thakkar said: “There is a shortage of affordable homes, particularly in rural areas, and our new development is a great example of how the local community can come together to ease the housing crisis.
“Our £3.6 million scheme will ensure that people within the borough of Colchester can afford to live locally.”
Eight properties are available under shared ownership through the Government’s Help to Buy scheme. The remaining 12 are being made available to people on Colchester Borough Council’s housing register at an affordable rent. The keys are being handed over to the first residents later this month.
Phil Murton, the Managing Director of Iceni Homes, added: “Through our unique partnership with Colne, we are delighted to be providing these high quality homes in Tiptree.”
Chris Newenham, Joint Managing Director of Wilkin and Sons, said: “It’s great to see Colne continuing the Wilkin and Sons tradition of providing lower-cost housing for local people, something which we have been doing since the company began in 1885.
“Wilkin and Sons has always been an integral part of the local community and many of our staff live in company-owned accommodation surrounding the factory.”
Colne is a 3,000-home housing association which provides a range of housing solutions in Essex and Suffolk to enable independent living. It has a number of other affordable homes in development in Colchester, including 18 in Axial Way and 22 on Ipswich Road.
It has recently completed 35 homes in Mile End, 17 at Wyvern Farm in Stanway and eight in Bourne Court, as well as many more in surrounding locations including Braintree, Brightlingsea, Halstead, Harwich, Uttlesford and Chelmsford.