Mitre Housing Association launches flagship housing scheme at Coniston
The start of work to build ten new affordable Lake District homes by Mitre Housing Association has been officially marked by the Bishop of Carlisle.
The Rt Rev’d James Newcome, who is President of the Association, led a turf-cutting ceremony at the site in Coniston, yesterday (Monday 16 January, 2017).
The flagship scheme is centred around the Diocese of Carlisle’s former outdoor activity centre which closed after the summer of 2014 and was subsequently acquired by Mitre Housing Association.
The £1.7 million project will provide much needed affordable housing targeted at those in local need, with a three bedroomed family home, six two bedroomed houses and three one bedroomed homes being built.
Bishop James said: “I am a huge supporter of Mitre Housing Association and I am delighted that they have been able to secure this site at Coniston. It was always our stipulation that, after the Youth Centre closed, this site should continue to serve local people through the development of affordable housing.
“It is such a tangible sign of how the church can work together with others in the community to make a real difference. I shall follow the construction of these properties with interest and look forward to them becoming new homes.”
The design of the new development has been undertaken by Day Cummins architectural practice working with Rebecca Field on behalf of the Association. It seeks to create a scheme which is sympathetic to the local environment, with the existing slate roofs retained and external finishes being a mix of natural slate and rendered surfaces.
The scheme has been subject to competitive tender and the work has now been awarded to Thomas Armstrong (Construction) Ltd.
The project is being funded with a grant from the Homes & Communities Agency (HCA), a grant from South Lakeland District Council, a contribution from the Association’s reserves and the balance will be part of a loan funded through Barclays Bank.
The Chairman of Mitre Housing Association, Steve Huddart said: “The scheme at Coniston has been in the pipeline for some time and it is wonderful that it has finally started on site. The project was initiated under our former Chairman, The Venerable Dr. Colin Hill and will provide ten new affordable homes for local people and we are very grateful to everyone who has helped to get the scheme underway.”
Mitre Housing Association has 143 properties across Cumbria and works extensively throughout the National Park to help provide low cost accommodation for local people. It represents an amalgamation of what was previously the Carlisle Diocesan Association and the Workington Housing Association.
Note to Editors
Mitre Housing Association is based in Penrith, and it is managed by a Board of Directors who all volunteer their time to direct the work of the Association. The day-to-day management of Mitre is undertaken through a management contract with Eden Housing Association, based at Blain House, Penrith.
For further information please contact Rebecca Field at Eden Housing Association on 01768 861445.