I’m pleased that for my second article during the Coronavirus pandemic I’m able to update you that the construction site is back open, and work is progressing. Following the release of government guidance and the move to reducing some lockdown restrictions, SEH were able to reopen the site with strict protocols and risk assessments in place around site operations and social distancing measures.
It will take a little time to assess the impact of the shut down and the new ways of working on the construction programme, so we’re not yet able to confirm when the first properties will be completed. If the pandemic situation continues to improve, and we don’t see any further site closures or problems with obtaining building materials, we hope to provide an update on timescales in the coming weeks.
We have also been able to secure planning permission for three bungalows on behalf of Babergh District Council on land that they own adjacent to the site and accessed by the same access road as the Orwell site. We are currently agreeing costs with SEH and the District Council and hope to be starting work on these bungalows in the summer.
We unfortunately had to cancel the village information event that was planned for April 7th and we will consider how we can hold this in the future as the pandemic situation improves. In the meantime, we are still taking enquiries from people who are interested in the rented, shared ownership or self-build properties and can provide information on the various property types that will be available.
If you would like some information, please contact Sandra Scott, Orwell Housing Association on 01473 228642 or by email at Sandra.Scott@orwell-housing.co.uk
Thank you and keep safe
Orwell Housing Association