Local people prioritised for new rural homes

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A social housing provider is hoping to draw rural people back to the place of their birth as they prepare to construct nine homes in Abthorpe.

The Grand Union Housing Group won a exception to planning rules which prevent development outside the confines of villages after a survey of revealed a need for more housing in Abthorpe, Bradden, Slapton, and Wappenham. The development will consist of four flats, one bungalow and four houses, and will be available for affordable rent and shared ownership.

Alan Humphrey,s GUHG chief executive, said people connected to the area will have priority: “GUHG understands the importance of sustaining rural life and building a stronger community through investment in affordable homes. These homes will bring people back to the area and allow those with links to the village to live close to the area they love.”