New community land trust homes handed over in Soham
The first tenants have moved into homes at Soham’s new Community Land Trust development, which aims to provide flats and houses for people with strong local connections to the town.
Covell Corner, at Townsend, is a development of six rented one-bedroom flats and two shared ownership houses with two and three bedrooms. They are aimed at people who would be unable to afford to rent or buy privately in the area.
It is named after one of Soham’s oldest ever residents, Florence Covell, who lived to 106. Her granddaughters Margaret Shields and Jeni Gipp visited the flats last week with members of Thrift Soham, the Community Land Trust (CLT) which owns the properties.
Tenants must live or work in Soham, have close relatives in the town or have a history of residence even if they had to leave to find a home elsewhere. Local people leaving the armed forces and families with children at a local school might also qualify.
Rosemary Aitcheson, chairman of Thrift Soham, said she was delighted with the trust’s first properties.
“We are very proud that they are comfortable homes with a high standard of fittings and finish and plenty of storage,” she said.
Thrift Soham is already looking at possible sites for further development.
“We know from the number of applications for Covell Corner that there is a real demand for good quality affordable homes in Soham and aim to help as many local people as possible.”