Prospect House, a development in Lowestoft, is set to provide much-needed affordable housing for the local community. Located on the edge of town, the building includes 31 much needed flats for social housing.
The development, which has been years in the planning was created with the goal of providing affordable, high-quality housing for individuals and families in the area who aren’t able to afford the high costs of a private rental property.
Greg Dodds, Assistant Director of Development and Growth for Orwell Housing Association, said,
“We’re thrilled to offer these flats to the local community. We know that affordable housing is a major issue for many people in Lowestoft, and we’re committed to doing our part to help address this issue. We are grateful for the grant funding support received from Homes England to help make this happen. The development was also constructed largely during the course of the pandemic and unprecedented materials and labour shortages and inflationary challenges for Wellington. We are therefore very pleased today to celebrate its completion.”
The homes have been developed on brownfield land, which had a previous commercial use. When the business moved elsewhere in the town, it left an empty, redundant site which was identified as a development opportunity by local builders Wellington Construction. The redevelopment of the site provides sustainably located affordable housing in an area with a high level of need.
During the build, a time capsule was installed in the walls to mark Orwell Housing Association’s 60th birthday year.
“We believe this development will be a major asset to the community. We’re excited to see the positive impact that it will have on the community in the years to come.”
Paul Pitcher from Wellington Construction added, “The delivery of this project is a testament of partnership working at its very best. Not only is the scheme a credit to all involved, but it has also transformed a redundant brownfield site providing much needed homes in a sustainable town centre location”.
Peter Aldous, MP for Waveney, said, “There is an urgent need in both Lowestoft and across the country for more affordable homes to let and thus Orwell Housing, Wellington Construction and Homes England are to be commended for working together to complete this attractive and well-located development against the challenging backdrop that the Covid Pandemic and its aftermath have created.”