£1.4m loan for hous­ing

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Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil is to bor­row £1.4 mil­lion from cen­tral govern­ment to­wards build­ing a new hous­ing devel­op­ment in Char­ing in a bid to cut the num­ber of fam­i­lies on the wait­ing list for af­ford­able homes.

Hous­ing Min­is­ter Bran­don Lewis gave the green light to the deal on Mon­day for ABC to put funds to­wards 21 af­ford­able homes in a 61-home devel­op­ment in the Char­ing area.

De­vel­oper Ward Homes will work with the coun­cil and ex­pect build­ing will be­gin in Spring 2014 and be com­pleted by March 2016.

Ward mem­ber for Char­ing and ABC leader Cllr Gerry Clark­son, said: “Sen­si­ble, qual­ity devel­op­ment can lead to eco­nomic growth and even breathe new life into a com­mu­nity.

“Char­ing will cer­tainly ben­e­fit from this mixed ten­ure devel­op­ment. We firmly be­lieve that we lead the way in the county with the pro­vi­sion of new af­ford­able homes and this an­nounce­ment is fur­ther demon­stra­tion that our record of de­liv­ery is recog­nised at the high­est level.”

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