News story published on 26 March 2015
A new development which has provided 17 affordable chalet bungalows has seen Peterborough’s largest landlord’s 1,000th new home built on site since its establishment in 2004.
In a special ceremony to mark the achievement, resident Ms Jones of the 1,000th new home at Pine Tree Close in Dogsthorpe, had a bouquet of flowers presented to her by Cross Keys Homes’ Chief Executive Claire Higgins, Chair Angus Kennedy and Leader of Peterborough City Council, Councillor Marco Cereste.
Ms Jones, said: “I am delighted with my brand new chalet bungalow and can’t thank Cross Keys Homes enough. It has given me and my family stability and it’s somewhere where we really enjoy living.”
The 17 two-bedroom chalet bungalows which have been built by local developers Lindum Peterborough each provide a wheelchair accessible bedroom and bathroom at ground floor level to take into account future needs.
Cross Keys Homes' Chief Executive, Claire Higgins, said: “Thanks to the Homes and Communities Agency grant funding this site, the great milestone of our 1,000th brand new home means such a lot to us but it is only the start of our ambitious development plans to ensure we provide a great mix of affordable homes in our city.
“It was a pleasure to meet Ms Jones and I wish her all the very best for every happiness in her new home.”
Cross Keys Homes’ Chair, Angus Kennedy said: “This is an exciting time for everyone at Cross Keys Homes and I am really enthusiastic about moving forward with our future development plans which will see over 500 new homes built per year by 2018.
“We are committed to making a positive difference in Peterborough and the surrounding areas by providing good quality affordable homes that people on low and middle incomes can genuinely afford and delivering great services not only for today’s residents but for future generations to come.”
Leader of Peterborough City Council, Councillor Marco Cereste, added: “I am delighted to support Cross Keys Homes in providing good quality houses and to have been part of the celebrations of their 1,000th new home.
“I wish Ms Jones well in making a long term home at Pine Tree Close.”
Peterborough City Council has been offered letting rights to eight of these chalet bungalows to help house people with complex housing needs.
The development was based on the similar design of a previous successful development in Eye by Cross Keys Homes and Lindum Peterborough, which saw the development achieve a number of accolades including featuring in Inside Housing’s top 50 affordable housing developments and securing a position in the top five as best specialist development for 2013; Pine Tree Close is hoping to also receive as much industry recognition.
Mick Papworth, Managing Director of construction company Lindum Peterborough, said: “With the benefit of working on a similar scheme at Eye and through close partnership with Cross Keys Homes we were able to enhance the design and specification of these homes to suit the individual needs of the tenants, as well as using our own Lindum tradesmen to ensure a smooth handover."
For further information on Cross Keys Homes’ new developments visit: www.crosskeyshomes.co.uk
Photo attached: From left to right, resident of the 1,000th new home Ms Jones together with Cross Keys Homes’ Chief Executive Claire Higgins, Leader of Peterborough City Council, Councillor Marco Cereste and Cross Keys Homes’ Chair, Angus Kennedy.