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News16 March 2023

Housebuilding partnership hosts Breckland Council at new Norfolk development as first completions near

Latimer, the development arm of Clarion Housing Group, has joined award-winning housebuilder The Hill Group in welcoming Breckland Council to the site of their upcoming mixed-tenure residential development in Attleborough, where the first new homes are nearing completion.

The council attended Latimer and Hill’s special stakeholder event on Monday 6 March to mark progress on the scheme, which is delivering an initial 153 homes including 56 for affordable rent or shared ownership – exceeding planning policy for local affordable housing provision.

Work began on the project last summer following a successful planning application, with the scheme’s show home to be handed over imminently ahead of the first affordable completions this summer. Once complete, the sustainable community will consist of 349 homes and is conveniently located between Norwich and Thetford.

Pending an approved detailed planning application for the site’s second phase, the wider 38.8-acre development will offer a range of one, two, three and four-bedroom homes, with designs reflecting the varied aesthetic and character of regional architecture.

As well as providing vital new affordable housing for the town, the development will also offer a range of sustainable and community features. All homes will be gas-free and fitted with modern, air-source heat pumps to reduce the overall carbon footprint of the development.

The scheme will also include a new green space, walking routes, trees, a habitat pond and play areas to promote resident health and wellbeing.

Richard Cook, Group Development Director at Clarion Housing Group, said:

“Hill is a longstanding and trusted partner of ours, and we are delighted to be jointly making superb progress on the first phase of homes to create a new community where everyone belongs.

“We’re very proud to have worked with the local community and key council stakeholders to shape these bold proposals and design this thriving, sustainable mixed-tenure community. This project is a shining example of a scheme which meets a clear local housing need, provides the right mix of homes, and captures the area’s character and existing architecture.”

Greg Hill, Deputy Chief Executive at The Hill Group, said:

“It has been a pleasure to welcome Breckland Council to view progress on this mixed-tenure residential scheme. Together with our strategic partners, Latimer, we have utilised our expertise to create this unique new development which will deliver highly sustainable, energy efficient homes to the local community.

“I would like to thank our team, our partners, and our supply chain for all their hard work and I look forward to welcoming the first residents into their new homes in Attleborough.”

Cllr Paul Claussen, Executive Member for Economic Development and Growth at Breckland Council, said:

“The delivery of these houses will help to meet the demand for homes in Breckland, including giving local people more choices so they can choose to stay in the area.”

Future joint work on the project will seek to improve Attleborough’s local infrastructure, including expanding nearby schools and the town’s library. Work on the first phase of 153 homes is expected to complete in spring 2026. The application for the second phase of homes will be determined by the council’s planning committee later this year.