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Three houses sold for £1 in deal to help village community


Minster vice-chairman June Hurford presents a symbolic giant £1 coin to Twigden Homes sales and marketing manager Ann Carr

Peterborough-based Minster General Housing Association presented a symbolic giant £1 coin to Twigden Homes to mark the official handover of three newly built houses in a deal that provides much-needed rented accommodation for young families in the picturesque village of Helpston - birthplace of 18th century ‘country poet’ John Clare - on Friday (7 September).

Minster vice-chairman June Hurford said that the deal represented “extremely good value for money” and made a significant contribution to the principles of a sustainable village community.

Twigden Homes - a Kier Group company - built the three two-bedroom terraced houses at Temples Court, Helpston, under planning conditions imposed by Peterborough City Council for the company’s new Marymede development of 43 executive homes. While buyers can expect to pay up to £215,000 for a four-bedroom detached house, rents for the three houses are just over £275 per month.

Peterborough City Council’s housing resources co-ordinator Rosemary Woodland said: “This project is an example of what other developers can achieve in providing affordable rented homes as an integral part of new housing developments.”

Minster chief executive Tim Hawkes added: “I am pleased that these homes have been allocated to local families who would otherwise have faced difficulties in finding rented accommodation in the local area because of the high cost of property in village locations.”

Georgina Porteous (29), who with her husband Glenn and eight-month-old son Harry lives in one of the houses, said all the tenants were thrilled with their new homes. “We grew up in adjacent villages but, after living in a city centre flat for a short time, we were desperate to move back to a village,” she said. “We love the peace and quiet.”

September 2001

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