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South Lakes Housing Chief Executive welcomes Council Leader and Housing Portfolio Holder to visit new affordable homes at Parkside Road, Kendal. - South Lakes Housing

South Lakes Housing Chief Executive welcomes Council Leader and Housing Portfolio Holder to visit new affordable homes at Parkside Road, Kendal.

Pictured (from L to R) are Cath Purdy (Chief Executive of SLH), Councillor Jonathan Brook (Leader of SLDC), Mark Dutton (Head of Development at SLH) and Councillor Helen Chaffey (Housing Portfolio Holder at SLDC).

The redevelopment of a former garage site into affordable homes completed by South Lakes Housing (SLH) has been visited by Councillor Jonathan Brook, South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) Leader and Councillor Helen Chaffey, Housing Portfolio Holder at SLDC. Cath Purdy SLH’s Chief Executive welcomed them to see first-hand the transformation of an old garage site to create five much needed new homes 3 for social rent and 2 for shared ownership, for local people.

This innovative project breathes new life into a central piece of land in Kendal that now showcases 5 beautifully built homes. The impressive outcome demonstrates SLH’s commitment to positively investing in communities across South Lakeland and beyond.

The homes have been constructed using improved fabric insulation and low carbon technology (PV Panels and Battery Storage). They will all perform to high environmental standards having achieved an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating A. This will reduce household bills for residents to help achieve affordable warmth whilst also helping to reduce SLH’s Environmental Impact.

Lisa, an SLH tenant at Parkside Road said “Moving into a new home has been wonderful for me and my family, it has been life changing and we are like different people who are so much happier. As my new home has lots of energy efficient features, I have been able to reduce my household bills and heat my home without it costing a fortune.”

Cath Purdy, Chief Executive of SLH said “We are thrilled with the outcome of this development. We have replaced unattractive garages with homes for people that really need them. This development is helping to combat the housing crisis locally and it will make a positive difference to local people who have been struggling to own or rent their own home. We hope that the residents will be very happy in their new homes.”

Councillor Jonathan Brook, Leader of SLDC, said “This is a fantastic development of five new affordable, energy-efficient homes. We know there is a significant need for affordable homes for local families and I am delighted that SLDC have been able to contribute towards this development. A key priority in our Council Plan is to enable the delivery of 1,000 affordable homes to rent over the 10-year period to 2025 and we are on track to deliver this. South Lakes Housing deserve congratulations for transforming this site and helping meet the target.”

Councillor Helen Chaffey, Housing Portfolio Holder at SLDC said “ We need to ensure there are enough good quality, affordable homes to meet the needs of present and future generations.  What also impressed me about this development was that it was built to Nationally Described Space Standards, generously proportioned with plenty of storage space. It was delightful to see first-hand how this project is making a life-changing difference to local families.”

The project has been funded by SLH and Homes England with some funding also coming from South Lakeland District to support site assembly to facilitate this new development.

All of the homes are now occupied by residents.