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On the 21st September, North Star Housing Group unveiled Hermitage Grove, their new scheme of six two bedroomed bungalows for people aged 55 and over. Many gathered to witness the opening including residents of the wonderful new homes, Phil Wilson MP, as well as team members of North Star.

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It’s no wonder that this latest scheme has been hugely popular with applicants, as it has been completed to the highest standards by prestigious developers and constructors, Heritage North and Clarion Homes. Every one of the brand-new homes has tons of space, underfloor heating and good insulation, high quality fixtures and fittings, including kitchen appliances, private parking and generous gardens.

Of course, being in a semi-rural area had its own challenges but North Star were careful to preserve the existing hedgerow and even enhanced the habitat for bats through a provision of integral bat housing.

The scheme cost £800,000 with over £200,000 in grant support coming from Homes England and began back in December 2017. Four of the homes have been allocated to be affordable rented accommodation and two are being purchased as shared ownership.

And this is only the beginning. This opening marks the beginning of a planned phase of affordable housing that will continue with the development of twenty-one four and five bedroomed houses which will be offered up for sale.

Phil Wilson MP commended the fantastic scheme and stated: ‘I am absolutely delighted with this scheme and thrilled that these fantastic affordable homes have been completed to such a high standard. Our constituency has been needing something like this for a while.’ North Star’s own Chair, Jed Lester was also delighted with the way everything had worked out, saying, ‘Yet again, North Star have delivered a project to be thoroughly proud of, meeting the needs of local people in this village. Both those looking to rent and those looking for shared ownership will benefit from this fantastic scheme!’