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A new affordable housing development in Norfolk has been named in honour of a popular local quantity surveyor.

Housden Court, in the village of Great Ryburgh, commemorates Andrew Housden, who died in 2010. The new development, which was completed in March 2018, comprises 5 affordable homes for the local community.

It is the first scheme that Broadland has completed in a partnership arrangement with North Norfolk District Council.

At the official unveiling of the street sign today, Andrew’s widow Dawn and close family joined guests from North Norfolk District Council, Broadland staff, and representatives from architects Ingleton Wood and builders H Smith & Sons of Honingham.

Andrew Savage, Executive Development Director, and a longstanding friend and colleague, said:

 “Andrew was always very supportive to all of us working in local housing. When I first joined Broadland in 2003, he was working as the lead Quantity Surveyor for what is now Aecom,” explains “Andrew was the first person to come up to me on site and ask, ‘How can I help you?’. We were all devastated when he died suddenly, shortly after he reached 50.”

 Housden Court consists of 5 homes, all for affordable rent: a (1-bedroom) bungalow and 4 (1-bedroom and 2-bedroom) houses.

It is the first completed development in the Mixed Housing Scheme, an initiative to build 106 new homes on six sites on land provided by North Norfolk District Council, Broadland Housing Group and purchased from third parties.

Cllr Sue Arnold, North Norfolk District Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, said:

 “These five new affordable homes are important in so many ways.  The tenants benefit from a well-designed and well-built new home which is affordable and meets their needs. The value of this should not be underestimated.  Beyond this, the new homes are the start of a wider programme bringing both affordable homes to rent and buy, as well as market homes, to six communities across North Norfolk. These projects will allow local need for affordable housing to be met, while also meeting the aspirations of those able to afford to buy.  The Council looks forward to continuing to work with Broadland to develop more such schemes and homes.”

 John Dixon, Director at Ingleton Wood said:

 “This is the first in a number of projects that we are delivering in partnership with Broadland Housing Association.   It’s fantastic that together we’re able to offer first class, high quality properties for affordable housing tenants in North Norfolk – helping to really address the housing shortage in the area. The style of the scheme is absolutely right for the site, with a vernacular approach that’s sympathetic to the surrounding area and will endure for generations to come.”

Michael Newey, Chief Executive, Broadland Housing, added:

 “We’re excited about reaching a significant milestone in this important programme. Like many of you here today, I have fond memories of Andrew Housden, who was a friend and colleague to all of us in the Norfolk housebuilding community. Broadland Housing is delighted that we can now remember and honour our friend in this permanent way.”

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