A joyous end to the year for our partner Haddenham Community Land Trust (HCLT), which handed the keys for its last two properties at Ovins Rise to excited new tenants on December 1.
We have been working in partnership with HCLT, supported by Haddenham Parish Council, Homes England, East Cambridgeshire District Council and the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, to deliver the 54-property development at Ovins Rise. Conveniently situated in the popular village of Haddenham, the 17 rental properties and two further homes under shared ownership are owned by HCLT.
19 local families now occupy a mix of 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom houses at Ovins Rise through HCLT, including 17 children. New tenants Heather Smith and her daughter Calliope, aged two, were welcomed warmly to their new home. Heather said: “We are so thrilled. I was born in Haddenham and my sister, parents and grandparents live in Haddenham and Aldreth. I am so pleased to be able to come back to Haddenham, to be near family and Calliope’s nursery, in this fabulous house.”
Samuel Males moved in next door with his daughter Erin who is aged four. Samuel works for Openreach and his brother was one of the first HCLT tenants. Familiar with Ovins Rise, he visited the site during the digital network installation, saying: “I have watched the site develop and am very impressed with the quality and high spec of the houses. Erin is more than excited to move here as she thinks she will have her own personal play park.”
With playing fields, large areas of green space devoted to nature, an attractive church, several shops, a pub and two cafes, Haddenham offers the village appeal whilst only being a ten minute drive away from the city of Ely. A Parish Council-owned play park has been recently installed to provide a safe play area for local children. HCLT Chairman Stephen Thompson spoke about the community feel this brings: “We are local people, working with the support of local institutions to help local people stay local. We have ensured from the start that our houses are let to people with a strong connection to Haddenham/Aldreth through the school, family or work. I have only recently become involved in this project and must acknowledge the fantastic work done by past Chair Mark Hugo and his team over the last 6 years.”
Emma Grima, Property and Commercial Director at Palace Green Homes, said: “I am delighted that these homes have now all been occupied by new families. Teaming up with HCLT to deliver high-quality, affordable homes for those living and working locally has been extremely fulfilling, particularly as it will benefit the community for years to come.”
Tenants’ information and quotes are provided courtesy of Haddenham Community Land Trust.
For more information about our Community Led Development, please visit https://www.palacegreenhomes.co.uk/about-us/community-led-development/.
For more about the site on Ovins Rise in Haddenham, go to https://www.palacegreenhomes.co.uk/developments/west-end-gardens/