Time to call it home sweet home

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AN official opening ceremony has been held to mark the first phase of a new housing development by Yorkshire Coast Homes.

The first part of the Sandybed Court development will provide 21 two-bedroom apartments in a three-storey block.

The Mayor, Councillor Hazel Lynskey, performed the opening ceremony alongside representatives from Yorkshire Coast Homes and its partners in the development.

Chief executive Shaun Tymon said: “The first phase of Sandybed Court provides modern, affordable and environmentally-friendly homes for 21 families in the attractive Sandybed area.

“They have been completed to a very high standard and I am sure those people moving in will be delighted with their new homes.

“Once phase two is completed later this year, Sandybed Court will have provided an exciting new homes complex helping people to have an affordable home and helping to address the shortage of such homes in the borough.”

The development includes environmentally-friendly features such as specialist solar panels to generate electricity and a mechanical heat recovery system.

These, along with other design features, help the scheme to achieve code three of the Code for Sustainable Homes and to also help tenants to reduce their heating and water bills.

The builders have also worked closely with the local police to ensure the properties reach the Secure by Design safety standards to make them as secure from crime as possible.

Phase two of the Sandybed Court development is due for completion in November. This will include a further ten two bed-roomed apartments, four two bedroomed bungalows, one three bedroomed bungalow and sixteen three to four bedroomed houses, with seven of these available for low cost home ownership.

Funding for the scheme is coming from the Homes and Communities Agency and other funding partners.

Official opening of the new flats at Sandybed Court. From left, Yorkshire Coast Homes chief executive Shaun Tymon, Yorkshire Coast Homes chairman Pam Reeves and Mayor Hazel Lynskey open the flats. Picture by Neil Silk 111507a