Date: 02/04/2008 Category: Housing and Homelessness
The first affordable housing development in Medway designed to meet the government's new Code for Sustainable Homes is being unveiled next Wednesday (9 April). The five shared ownership homes in Gorst Street, Gillingham, have been built by West Kent Housing Association in partnership with Medway Council. They will be made available under the New Build HomeBuy scheme which allows people to take out a mortgage on part of a new home and rent the rest from a social landlord. Developments like this one in Gorst Street, funded by the Housing Corporation, need to meet level three of the Code for Sustainable Homes from April, and this scheme is the first in Medway to have met the demanding new standards. The developers, West Kent, have reached level three by putting solar panels on all the homes, adding extra insulation and making the homes more airtight as well as numerous smaller improvements. Media representatives are invited to the opening of the scheme on Wednesday 9 April at 11am. Refreshments will be provided and representatives from Medway Council, the Housing Corporation and West Kent will be present. It would be useful if members of the media planning to attend the event could contact you Suzanne Smith, West Kent's Communications and Marketing Manager on 01732 749409.