Affordable homes built outside of the village

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The boss of a south Northants social housing provider has said a shortage of rural homes is detrimental to communities and public services.

As the Union Housing Group announced the start of work on nine new homes in Abthorpe, its chief executive Alan Humphreys said they understand the importance of sustaining rural life and building stronger communities through investment in affordable homes.

He added: “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.”

The new homes consist of four flats, one bungalow and four houses which will be available for affordable rent and shared ownership.

The development outside the village confines was allowed after surveys showed a need for housing in Abthorpe, and nearby Bradden, Slapton and Wappenham.