The regeneration of an old army camp near Folkestone will see Town & Country providing the first new social rent homes since the Government launched its affordable rent policy.
Shorncliffe Heights, a multi-phase residential development by Taylor Wimpey, is transforming the former Shorncliffe Army Camp near Cheriton.
Town & Country are already receiving hand over of the first of its 58 homes from the St Martin’s Plain and The Stadium phases, offering a mixture of shared ownership, intermediate rent and social rent flats and family houses.
This is the first time that Town & Country has built homes for social rent since the Government introduced the affordable rent policy.
Project Manager Rob Matthews said: “As an organisation we know that with the benefit cap, affordable rent is not always affordable for people. We felt it was important to build new social rent properties to ensure that these homes were truly affordable for local people. We are also offering intermediate and shared ownership homes to offer a range of affordable housing options.”
Llana Harvey Head of Love Living Homes, the commercial brand of Town & Country said: “We have recently taken over the first of our shared ownership homes and can’t believe how quickly they have sold. Shared ownership is a great solution for first time buyers or applicants who do not already own a property, to take their first steps onto the property ladder and we’re pleased that they’re being snapped up.”
Taylor Wimpey are constructing 1,200 homes at Shorncliffe Heights in a multi-phase development project which will also include a purpose built primary school and community hub which will have a doctor’s surgery, cafes and shops.
The army camp, which was established in 1794, served as a staging post for troops destined for the Western Front during the First World War and later housed the 1 Royal Gurkha Rifles.