Forest Heath gets Government funding for more affordable homes

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Government funding is helping provide affordable homes in Forest Heath.

Havebury Housing Partnership has received £8m from the Homes and Communities Agency which will be used to build 31 new homes.

The council has identified that 160 new build affordable homes are needed annually over the next five years.

Cllr Rona Burt, Forest Heath cabinet member for planning, housing and transport, said: “There is a massive need for more affordable housing in Forest Heath and across West Suffolk.

“Having a roof over your head is a basic human right, not a privilege, and it is important that we assist in providing housing that people can actually afford to live in.

“I am delighted that the money Havebury has secured will lead to 31 new affordable homes in Forest Heath.”

“Karen Mayhew, chief executive of Havebury, said: “These new homes will deliver much needed social housing in the area and will go some way to transforming the lives of people who have difficulty finding a home of their own.”

The HCA package also includes funding for 234 affordable homes in St Edmundsbury. Both councils work in a West Suffolk partnership.