Affordable homes unveiled to tackle housing shortage

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THE latest stage of the Knights Wood development was unveiled at the beginning of the month when MP Greg Clark officially launched 163 new affordable homes.

Delivered by housing association Moat – in partnership with Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, the Homes and Communities Agency and developer Dandara – they form part of a larger project covering 205 acres on the edge of Tunbridge Wells, near the A21, which is surrounded by woodland.

The development will provide a mix of shared ownership (81 homes) and affordable rented apartments and houses (82 homes).

Mr Clark said he was ‘honoured’ to be chosen to open the new housing in an area where demand for affordable homes is high.

In Tunbridge Wells alone there are 1,010 eligible households registered to buy through shared ownership on the Help to Buy database.

Speaking after the ceremony, Mr Clark said:
“It was an honour to open these 163 new affordable homes. Finding a home in Tunbridge Wells as a first-time buyer or a renter has become very expensive, so these new homes are a real boost to local people.

“With a brand new primary school, sports facilities and wonderful views over both Tunbridge Wells and our surrounding countryside, no wonder Knights Wood is
proving so popular.”

Three apartment blocks have already been completed, and a further 24 shared ownership houses and two blocks for affordable rent are due to complete during 2017, with the remaining homes programmed to be completed by 2020.

Steve Nunn, Moat’s Executive Director of Development and New Business, said: “We
are delighted to be partnering with Dandara
and to work together to deliver such an exceptional project.

“We are providing a mix of shared ownership and sub-market rented homes and whilst we’re really proud of the quality of the buildings themselves, we’re equally proud to be building a community.”

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