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£1.8m affordable homes boost for Bowness-on-Windermere

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has unveiled a new £1.8 million investment in the delivery of new affordable homes for local residents in Bowness-on-Windermere in Cumbria.

Consisting of 12 new high-quality affordable homes, the project will see six new two-bedroom and six three-bedroom properties built over the coming months, with all of the homes to be available to rent once completed.

Property services director at Two Castles Housing Association Rob Brittain commented: "There continues to be a real demand for quality housing to rent across the Lakeland area and Two Castles is committed to working with our partners to deliver a range of high quality affordable homes that meet the needs of local people and their families.

"This scheme will benefit those in the greatest housing need and will also help to transform a former under-used site bringing it back into community life."

Paul Lewthwaite from South Cumbria Construction added that the development will also provide a significant boost to the local workforce, with a number of trade professionals, including drywall fitters, benefiting from this latest investment in the area.

Overall, the project is a collaboration between the HCA, South Lakeland District Council and the Lake District National Park, with the new homes to focus on the use of traditional building materials and construction techniques that are common to the area.

As a result, each property will utilise timber framing sourced locally and will fit seamlessly into the town's landscape once work is finished.

Elsewhere, the HCA recently unveiled its second phase of funding for the Forches Estate in North Devon, with an additional £7.5 million to help towards the construction of 80 new homes at the site.

The move will build on previous efforts to transform the area, as 67 modern properties were built, replacing a number of run-down and dilapidated pre-fabricated concrete homes. 

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