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NRHA is set to return to Nassington

Northamptonshire Rural Housing Association (NRHA) is set to further meet the needs of the local community with plans being given the go ahead for Phase 3 of its affordable housing development in Nassington.

The small rural scheme, which has been staunchly supported by the community from its outset, will bring an additional nine much-needed affordable properties to the village.

NRHA will be working in partnership with Northamptonshire housebuilder, Snowdon Homes, to develop the homes specifically for local people.

Dave and Anne Fenn, of Walnut Farm, have provided the land for all three phases of the development.  Mr Fenn says: “We are pleased to be supporting affordable housing in Nassington and feel it’s a great scheme to enable young people to stay in the village they grew up in or to provide opportunities for older people to reduce their accommodation for more manageable lifestyles.

The Fenns will be further supporting the project by providing trees and hedging for the landscaping of the development.  The planting scheme will feature a range of species including birch, rowan, whitebeam and cherry trees, which it is hoped will look attractive throughout the year, as well as well as creating an environment where insects and birds can flourish.

Mrs Fenn explains: “The trees will enhance the finished landscape and we are hopeful the planting scheme will provide important physical and mental benefits to the residents.”

Alan Burns, Chairman of Nassington Parish Council, said: "We are delighted that the planning committee has unanimously approved the application for this project.

“Housing is expensive in these villages, so to ensure Nassington remains a vibrant and vital place, we need to cater for all the housing needs of current and future residents.”

NRHA Company Secretary, Richard Mugglestone, adds: “Affordable properties are vital to the sustainability of our rural communities.  The fact that we are returning to the same villages in Northamptonshire shows that there is still a real need for more affordable homes in these areas, with local people being forced to move away.”

Work is expected to start on-site at Nassington later this year.