Work has started on two new affordable housing developments in North Walsham, which will result in 51 new homes in the town.

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The former Howards garage off Mundesley Road is being turned into 15 news homes, while a further 36 will take shape at Wood View off the Skeyton Road.

The two developments have been brought forward by Victory Housing Trust, as part of its ongoing programme to provide hundreds of new affordable homes for north Norfolk.

The Howards site has been derelict since the garage was demolished in 2007. A partnership between Victory and affordable housing developer Lovell has resulted in the land being brought back into use. The 12 two-bed flats, two one-bed flats and one one-bed house will be called Howard Court and are expected to be handed over in November 2013.

North Norfolk District Council cabinet member for housing Trevor Ivory added: “I am delighted to see this longstanding eyesore being turned into much needed affordable homes for local people.

“Following on from Victory’s development of the former Hall Lane Garage site last year and taken together with their scheme on the edge of the town, this will deliver more affordable homes in North Walsham than we have seen for many years.”

The Wood View scheme sees new affordable homes are being built specifically for local people, with priority given to those in housing need with connections to North Walsham and the adjoining parishes of Antingham, Bacton, Felmingham, Honing, Knapton, Paston, Swafield, Swanton Abbott, Skeyton, Westwick, Witton and Worstead.

Developers Youngs Homes are providing six one-bed flats, four two-bed flats, six two-bed bungalows, 12 two-bed houses, five three-bed houses and three four-bed houses, which should be handed over in March 2014.

Victory chief executive John Archibald said: “To be starting 51 new affordable homes in North Walsham is a great start to the year, and it shows our continued commitment to providing more new affordable homes in north Norfolk.

“When we launched the Victory Charter, we promised that we would build 500 new homes by April 2015. We have already completed 319, and a further 259 are now either on site or in the pipeline.

“In these times of restricted government finance for building new homes, we have to work hard to find ways of bringing schemes like this forward, and crucial to that are the kind of partnerships which have enabled both these sites in North Walsham to come to fruition. We are constantly looking at new ways to enable and finance the building of much-needed new, quality affordable housing for north Norfolk.”

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