Huntingdonshire District Council is working to utilise previously underused land to provide new additional affordable homes for Huntingdonshire residents with the support of leading housing provider Longhurst Group.

This new approach will utilise small surplus sites across the district, which are already owned by the council and have been identified for regeneration, to deliver approximately 100 new affordable homes.

Executive Leader of the Council, Cllr Ryan Fuller, said: "Last year I announced that we had managed to deliver the highest number of new affordable homes throughout the district in more than a decade, thanks to our astute planning policy-making and judicious application of those new policies. However, in addition to the affordable homes secured through new developments we must also consider other methods to help deliver the affordable housing that is required to meet not just the current but also the future needs of Huntingdonshire’s residents.

"Working with Longhurst Group we are therefore taking this first step in developing some of our own surplus land to build new affordable homes for both rent and sale to meet the needs of local people. Affordable housing helps people fulfil the dream of home ownership, reduce high rents in the private rented sector and prevent those struggling from becoming homeless."

Longhurst Group owns and manages more than 23,000 homes across the Midlands and the East of England. The Group’s Executive Director for Growth and Development, Marcus Keys, said: "We’re delighted to have been selected as the preferred provider of these affordable homes across Huntingdonshire. This is a further demonstration of our commitment to providing the homes that people need, where they are needed most.

"We’ve got a good relationship with our partners at the District Council and we’ve been working closely on this proposal for a long time, so I’m delighted that things are now progressing. To be able to deliver affordable housing across a number of undeveloped council‐owned sites is very pleasing and we know that it’ll help to meet a significant demand for this type of affordable housing in the area.

"This partnership also further reinforces our commitment to Huntingdonshire and our relationship with Huntingdonshire District Council when it comes to providing affordable housing. We’re already working on a number of sites across the region and have many other exciting plans in the pipeline."

The affordable homes to be created by this new partnership will, subject to planning permission, be a split of shared ownership and social rent properties at 9 potential sites across Huntingdonshire, including Somersham, Woodwalton, Little Stukeley, Eaton Socon, Wistow, Warboys and Huntingdon.