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New houses built by Shepway Council are first in 20 years

Five local families have moved into the first council houses to be built by Shepway Council for 20 years. The two homes in Lydd and three in Hawkinge have been let at affordable rents to people on the Council’s waiting list.

They are all designed to be “homes for life”, which means they can be adapted to meet the changing needs of residents over their lifetime. The doors are wide enough for wheelchairs and specially-strengthened beams mean that hoists will be able to be easily installed if an older person needs to be lifted or moved. One bungalow in Hawkinge is fully adapted for someone with a physical disability.

Shepway District Council, along with its partners, aim to provide up to 100 additional affordable homes across the district, over the next year. Betteridge & Milsom provided Quantity Surveying services for the schemes.