New homes named in honour of famous former Maidstone resident Benjamin Disraeli
Our new development of 68 affordable homes in Maidstone has been named in honour of one of the town’s most famous former citizens.
‘Hughenden Reach’, in Tovil, celebrates the link with Benjamin Disraeli, the town’s MP, who went on to become one of the country’s most famous prime ministers.
The £11 million development provides 23 apartments for shared ownership and 45 for rent by people on Maidstone Borough Council’s housing register.
The name was suggested by the Vicar of Maidstone, Canon Chris Morgan-Jones, who is also a Tovil parish councillor. As a thank you, Town & Country invited Canon Morgan-Jones to cut the ribbon on the first phase of the development on Wednesday July 22.
Canon Morgan-Jones said: “The new homes are off Beaconsfield Road, which was itself named after Disraeli who became Earl of Beaconsfield. His home was Hughenden Manor. It seemed good to continue the Disraeli theme for the new homes and it’s right that Maidstone should honour those who have served the town and gone on to greatness.”
One of Disraeli’s key reforms was the Artisans' and Labourers' Dwellings Improvement Act 1875 which gave councils the power to buy land and provide housing for people on lower incomes. By co-incidence, 134 years later Maidstone Borough Council has given £1.5 million towards these affordable homes which have been built on former industrial land.
The Government’s Homes and Communities Agency has given a grant of £3.3 million.
Colin Lissenden, Town & Country’s interim development director, said: “We were delighted to accept Canon Morgan-Jones’ suggestion that this historic link be acknowledged. It’s also appropriate because Disraeli’s reforms included giving councils the power to buy land and provide housing for people on lower incomes.”
The 1, 2 and 3 bedroom shared ownership apartments are available through the Government’s NewBuild Homebuy scheme, with priority given to people who live or work in the Maidstone borough.
NewBuild Homebuy is aimed at people who want to get on the property ladder but who are finding it hard to save a large enough deposit or get a large enough mortgage. It is open to households earning less than £60,000 a year, who would otherwise be unable to buy.
A 35 per cent share of a one-bed apartment can be bought for as little as £40,250, with rent payable on the remainder. In time people can choose to buy a greater share of the apartment – up to 100 per cent.
Potential purchasers can even ‘try before you buy’ on some of the apartments. All have allocated parking. Most of them have balconies and some have terraces.
Find out more about the shared ownership apartments at Hughenden Reach.
The second phase of homes which will be for rent by people on Maidstone Borough Council’s housing register will be completed later this year.
To find our more about the shared ownership apartments call Cubitt and West on 0870 242 7862 or visit www.tchg.org.uk. To find out more about NewBuild Homebuy visit www.homebuy.co.uk.
Maidstone Borough Council’s chief housing officer John Littlemore said: “I am delighted to see the completion of this phase at Beaconsfield Road. It is a key objective for the council to deliver high quality affordable homes, in sustainable places, where local people want to live and work, now and in the future.
“We work closely with our housing association partners and the Homes and Communities Agency, to jointly fund such ventures and make projects become a reality; Hughenden Reach is a prime example of such a scheme.
“The homes form part of a new, mixed tenure community in a prime location, with good access to local services and facilities. All the homes meet high quality and design standards, are sensitive to the local environment, and will make a significant contribution towards meeting the diverse needs of existing and future local residents at a time when the demand for affordable housing is increasing due to the prevailing economic circumstances.”
The apartments have been built by Simon Wright Homes.
Pictured above: The Vicar of Maidstone, Canon Chris Morgan-Jones, cuts the ribbon to declare the shared ownership homes at Hughenden Reach open. He is watched by Colin Lissenden, interim development director at Town & Country Housing Group.