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Homes scheme brings £400,000 boost

PUBLISHED: 14:22 25 September 2008 | UPDATED: 11:03 08 July 2010

More than £400,000 will be pumped into Watton to provide affordable housing, boost the town's high school, improve walking and cycling facilities and help the library after plans for 67 new homes were approved.

More than £400,000 will be pumped into Watton to provide affordable housing, boost the town's high school, improve walking and cycling facilities and help the library after plans for 67 new homes were approved.

Local house builder Abel Homes was given permission on Monday by Breckland Council to redevelop a two-and a-half hectare brownfield site on Norwich Road with two, three and four-bedroom family homes.

As part of the plans, Abel Homes, which is based in Little Cressingham, has

agreed to donate part of the site to the Tree-Tots playgroup for a new building. Abels will make a £300,000 contribution towards the provision of affordable housing, as well as over £93,000 towards improvements to education provision in Watton and £17,755 towards Watton's Walking and Cycling Strategy.

The company will given a further £4,000 towards book provision in the town's library.

Abels' land manager Jamie Bird said: “We are delighted once again to be building homes for local families right on our own doorstep. This site is just a few miles from where we are based as a company, and so the opportunity to provide much-needed homes, as well as making contributions to the life of Watton, is very attractive for us.

“We will be implementing our unique Good Neighbour Charter at the site, which sets out a list of promises on how we will operate during construction to minimize the disruption to those living nearby.

“As a locally-based and family-owned company, we believe it's important to be a good neighbour and to recognise how we affect the community in which we operate.

“We can't stop the disruption that a construction site causes totally, but our Good Neighbour Charter is designed to keep any inconvenience to a minimum.”

Abel Homes' site managers also keep online site

blogs, which will enable neighbours to know what is happening on the site, as well as giving them direct access to the site manager to ask questions and voice any concerns.

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