Published: 23/08/2009 00:00 - Updated: 31/08/2009 11:22

First residents move into new town development

Housing association chiefs were celebrating the arrival of the first residents to a new town development last week.

Resident Susan Smith with flowers with John Cross, BPHA's chief executive, and Cllr Barry HuckleBosses at Bedfordshire Pilgrims Housing Assoc iation (BPHA) believe that people moving into the Wixams development just south of Bedford are proof that a new home is still an option, despite the economic downturn.

BPHA negotiated land deals at the site and it has been able to continue building despite other sites coming to a standstill.

Tenants who have applied to BPHA through Bedford shire's Choice-Based Lettings scheme have already started moving in and now the affordable ownership homes are also available.

Affordable ownership allows people to get a foot on the property ladder and houses at the Wixams start at £405 per month, while shared ownership homes start at £38,000.

John Cross, Chief Executive of BPHA, said: "Seeing our first residents move into their homes is an incredible moment. This development has been ten years in the making and has involved an extraordinary amount of commitment from staff at BPHA and all the partners who have been involved.

"Working on a major new development that straddles numerous boundaries and involves building a new railway station does not happen overnight.

"This is good news for the whole of Bedfordshire it's the start of properties coming through for people needing a home and the fact that we have been able to continue building through the recession is a great boost for the local economy."

Building through the recession has proved to be a good move for BPHA, with new homes and community facilities at the development starting to provide relief from some of the area's urgent housing needs.
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