Housing minister Dominic Raab gives couple keys to new home in King’s Lynn

From left Jarek and Natalija Jabrowski, MP Sir Henry Bellingham, housing minister Dominic Raab and W

From left Jarek and Natalija Jabrowski, MP Sir Henry Bellingham, housing minister Dominic Raab and West Norfolk council leader Brian Long. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Archant

Two first time buyers got the keys to their new home from the Housing minister as he toured a new development in King's Lynn.

West Norfolk council and Lovell Homes have built 130 new houses off Marsh Lane in King's Lynn.

The government's help to buy scheme is available on the 40 or so which are still available at Orchard Close.

The development also includes shared equity properties and affordable rented homes which will be managed by Freebridge Community Housing.

Jarek Dabrowski, 32 and his 31-year-old wife Natalija saved a £14,000 deposit to put down on a £264,000 house, which leaves them a mortgage of £680pm.

'It took us a while to save the money but the whole process was very easy, very stressless,' said Mr Dabrowski, who works at British Sugar.

The couple and their children Sophia, aged three and Mia, aged one, were given the keys to their house by housing minister Dominic Raab.

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'What you have here is a wonderfully aspirational family moving into this home,' he said.

Mr Raab added the government was helping councils build homes with planning reforms and funding for infrastructure such as new roads and schools.

'Local authorities know what their communities need,' he said.

'What we want to do is to ensure the homes get built and local authorities like this have the tools they need.'

Dale Gagen, West Norfolk council's director of corporate projects, said it had entered into a partnership with Lovell as a cost-effective way to deliver new homes.

'We wanted to keep the prices as low as possible,' he said. 'There are things we can do as a local authority cheaply.'

Mr Gagen added houses on the £17m Marsh Lane development were among some 800 homes the council hopes to build by 2020. While most are in Lynn, the Sheep Field in Hunstanton has also been earmarked for an affordable development.

Houses have been kept to a density of 12 to an acre, with ample space for parking. An orchard will be replanted in the centre of the estate.

The council expects to make around £5m profit on the development, which will be invested in more new homes in West Norfolk.