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First phase of Northampton development completed

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has announced a major milestone has been achieved at the £11.2 million affordable housing scheme at Booth Rise in Northampton.Working alongside developer William Davis and housing association Orbit Homes, the HCA has invested considerable amounts into making the project a success, with 111 new homes being made available for shared ownership and affordable rental at the site.All properties have been built in line with the government's Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3 and feature such green measures as heat recovery units and rainwater harvesting tanks to help occupiers keep their utility bills as low as possible.The first phase of the scheme has seen construction of ten properties so far, with the final numbers set to see the building of 99 two, three and four-bedroom houses, as well as 12 one and two-bedroom apartments.First occupiers are expected to move into the development this month, with 11 of the houses to be created in accordance with the Mobility Standard to ensure they give proper support to individuals who have difficulties living in standard properties that have not been tailored to meet their needs.Kola Oliyide, area manager for the south-east Midlands at the HCA, added: "Booth Rise is providing good quality affordable homes for local people and adding to the choice and supply of homes available in the area. It is great to have reached this first important milestone."In addition, Midlands development director at Orbit Homes Chris Jones added his company remains committed to facilitating the delivery of more new homes to boost housing supply and choice for the local community."We are delighted to hear how much interest in this development there has already been from local residents and families," he said.The first phase of the development has now been completed by the partners, with the remainder of properties to be completed at the site by winter 2014. 

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