New £2m homes development takes shape in Eaton

Carol Sangster of Norwich Housing Society (left) and Norwich city councillor Gail Harris lay the ‘Go

Carol Sangster of Norwich Housing Society (left) and Norwich city councillor Gail Harris lay the Golden Brick at Leander Court in Norwich. Photo: Andy Newman. - Credit: Andy Newman

A ceremony has marked a milestone in the building of a £2m housing development in Eaton.

Twenty new affordable homes for older people are being created at Leander Court, off Bluebell Road.

Gail Harris, deputy leader of Norwich City Council and its cabinet member for social housing, joined Norwich Housing Society chairman Carol Sangster in laying a ceremonial 'golden brick' at the development.

The scheme, made up of 15 one-bed flats and five two-bed flats, has been funded by Norwich Housing Society with the help of a £600,000 grant from City Hall, which has come from Right To Buy receipts.

Mrs Sangster said: 'We are delighted at the rapid progress which is being made on this site, creating 20 much-needed affordable homes for older people in a very sought-after part of the city.

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'The new scheme has been brought about through a strong partnership between ourselves and Norwich City Council, and we very much look forward to taking possession of the new homes early next year.'

Mrs Harris said: 'It is absolutely brilliant to see these high quality new homes for older people being built. We are pleased to have been able to use our Right To Buy receipts to help bring this scheme into being, and I look forward to seeing the completed apartments.'

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The development's name of Leander Court is named after the English shrub rose Leander, reflecting the fact that the site was once a rose nursery.

The site will be Norwich Housing Society's eighth scheme for older people in the city, bringing the number of properties it rents to 317.

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