A historic hand over of keys marked a major milestone in a £1.35m project to build the first council houses in Great Yarmouth for 20 years.

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Contractors delivered the keys for a pair of two-bedroom properties in Caister to delighted councillors this week, who then welcomed the first tenants into the homes.

The properties are two of 12 new council houses being built by Great Yarmouth Borough Council on existing estates in Caister, Martham and Bradwell.

A trio of bungalows are due to be completed on the Caister site within three weeks, followed by the Martham site, which will be finished by late April, and the Bradwell site in June.

The development has received attention from central government, after communities secretary Eric Pickles visited the Caister properties in January and urged other councils to “follow Great Yarmouth’s lead”.

The homes have been designed to Passivhaus standards for maximum energy efficiency to help cut tenants’ carbon footprint and save money on their heating bills. The homes are so efficient at storing heat they have not been fitted with radiators, as they trap enough warmth from residents’ bodies and electrical appliances.

Mother-of-one Chloe Carvell was the first tenant to move in and was handed the keys to her new home on Monday by Penny Linden, cabinet member for communities.

The 21-year-old said it was “great” to be the first family to move in and she was excited to get the keys.

As well as providing much-needed homes, the project has given students at Great Yarmouth College some hands on experience. Students have been piecing together the timber frames and working on site in Caister.

Ms Linden said: “I am delighted construction is now complete, as scheduled, on the first two homes of this landmark development, which not only helps to meet the demand for council homes in the borough, but also delivers models for the council homes of the future.”

■ Do you have a Caister story? Email lucy.clapham@archant.co.uk

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  • Yarmouth BC are paying PWC £150k to tell them how to save money. I can tell them for free. Sell off all council housing stock to associations. that way not only do they get the selling price they also save on the maintenence of these places, especially the tennents who think it is their God given right to call the council to come and replace things such as replacing a light bulb. (Yes. this has been reported on another site).

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