New homes to let unveiled at Gayton

(From left) Andrew Mowbray, Tony Hall, Alex Dixon and Andy Walder unveil the completed Rampant Horse

(From left) Andrew Mowbray, Tony Hall, Alex Dixon and Andy Walder unveil the completed Rampant Horse redevelopment. Picture: Paul Tibbs - Credit: Archant

Four new homes to let have been created in a West Norfolk village.

Freebridge Community Housing has unveiled its latest development in Gayton, near King's Lynn.

The scheme, on the site of the former Rampant Horse public house, includes two one bedroom properties and two two bedroom properties.

New tenants are due to move into them next month.

The development was given an official opening by Freebridge Community Housing chief executive, Tony Hall, who was accompanied by Freebridge chairman Andy Walder, director of assets and development Alex Dixon and Andrew Mowbray from building firm Smiths of Honingham.

Mr Hall, said: 'This new development is a great addition to the village of Gayton, it's been really good to hear some of the very positive feedback we have received for the work we've done bringing these new homes to life.

'At Freebridge we want to support the many rural communities that we have here in West Norfolk, we understand that as well as providing much needed housing for the area, developments like this can also have a very positive impact on keeping rural communities alive and thriving.'

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Alex Dixon said: 'Projects like these always present us with a number of challenges given that we have to work around the existing framework of the old buildings, however we're really pleased with what we've been able to achieve and think that we've ended up with four very special new homes in a great setting, which in turn fit right into the village as a whole.'

Villagers started a petition to try to save the Grade Two listed pub, on the main Lynn Road, after Freebridge submitted its planning application four years ago. Its former licensee said the business, which had been operating in the centre of the village since 1836, was still viable.

Lynn-based Freebridge Community Housing was set up in 2006, to take over West Norfolk council's former housing stock and bring it up to the then new decent homes standard.

It now owns and manages around 7,000 homes and 17 sheltered housing schemes across West Norfolk, and invests £8m a year into the local exconomy.