First 42 affordable homes are completed on the Willow Estate in Thorne

Representatives from Doncaster Council,the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and other guests joined leading UK housing provider Stonewater to celebrate the completion of the first phase of homes for affordable rent on the Willow Estate in Thorne, Doncaster. The event was marked with the presentation of a cheque for £350 from Stonewater and regional contractor Ignite Homes for the Marie Curie Daffodil Appeal.

The 42 new properties - six one-bedroom houses, 18 two-bedroom houses and 18 three-bedroom houses – are part of a community of 108 new Stonewater homes for affordable rent. The homes which are on the edge of the market town, are being built in three phases on vacant land previously owned by Doncaster Council.

Stonewater is working in partnership with regional contractor Ignite Homes, Doncaster Council, the HCA and housing service provider St Leger Homes to deliver the affordable housing scheme which will regenerate part of the Willow Estate. Phase two will see a further 31 new affordable rental homes completed at the end of this year with phase three creating another 35 homes by early 2017.

The attractively designed, 108-home development is being financed by Stonewater with support from the HCA which has provided £1.29 million of Social Grant Funding through the affordable homes guarantee programme.

“We’re delighted to be handing over these much-needed affordable homes in Thorne where there is a real shortage of good quality, affordable rental homes for local people who cannot afford the high private rents in the area,” said Brian Roebuck, Stonewater Chair of East and North Operations and Committee Member. “Working together is crucial in the development of affordable housing in the community and we are grateful to Doncaster Council and the Homes and Communities Agency for their support in the delivery of these smart new homes.”

The new homes will all have Secured by Design security accreditation. They are also being built to the Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3 low-carbon standard making them very energy-efficient and economical for residents to run.

Peter Dale, Director of Regeneration and Environment at Doncaster Council, said: “This is an important landmark in the development which is bringing much needed homes for families in Thorne. Doncaster Council is working with its partners to increase the amount of affordable homes right across the borough, including new council homes.”

Stonewater is also building 20 new affordable homes for rent and shared ownership in Sandhills Way in Branton, Doncaster. The housing provider owns and manages 112 properties in South Yorkshire.