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Booth Rise has seen the first foundations laid

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has announced construction work on the first new homes of the Booth Rise project in Northampton is set to get underway.

Foundations are to be laid for the first new properties in the coming weeks, with the £11.2 million scheme set to deliver an array of affordable new homes for the local area once complete.

In total, Booth Rise will see 111 new homes constructed over the coming years, 11 of which will be specifically designed to meet the needs of individuals with limited mobility.

Anthony Sowden, HCA area manager for Midlands South East, said: "As the first HCA scheme in Northampton to be delivered through our Delivery Partner Panel, we are delighted that the Booth Rise development is about to start on site. It will provide a significant contribution to meet local demand for affordable homes in the town."

The project is being undertaken as a partnership between Orbit Homes, Northampton Borough Council, the HCA and developer William Davis. It will see half of the delivered properties put up for rent, while the remainder will be available under shared ownership.

Richard Cornes, partnerships director at William Davis, added the Booth Rise project will help to alleviate the present shortage of affordable homes in the Northampton area and will provide "quality homes and a modern, sustainable environment for local families".

A target has now been set for full completion of the project by winter 2014, with work now moving forward apace at the site.

Elsewhere, the first property of the groundbreaking Low Impact Living, Affordable Community - LILAC - self-build cooperative scheme in Leeds has been completed, marking an important milestone for local residents.

LILAC is a new and innovative project which aims to build zero-carbon properties using fully recyclable materials and it is being heralded as a blueprint for future green developments across the UK. 

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