First residents move into new affordable housing development in Colburn

From left, Broadacres chair Colin Wilkie, Jessica Kiani, Richmond MP Rishi Sunak and the chief executive of Homes England Nick Walkley.

The first occupants have moved into an affordable housing development in Colburn.

Broadacres officially opened its Beckfield development on Friday.

Among those who attended the launch was Richmond MP Rishi Sunak and the chief executive of Homes England Nick Walkley.

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They were given a tour of the 32-home scheme, which includes two, three and four-bedroom houses for sale and rent.

First time buyer Jessica Kiani showed the group around the home she and her partner Ryan Simpson, a postman, have bought with a shared ownership arrangement.

Jessica, 24, works as a teaching assistant at Hackforth and Hornby primary School and will be starting a teacher training course later this year.

The couple had saved enough for a deposit, but found that a mortgage would have been too big for the homes they looked at so they viewed a house at Beckfield.

The  couple ended up buying 25 per cent of their £132,000 two-bedroom home and pay Broadacres a small rent on the remainder.

Jessica said: “It’s meant that we haven’t had to wait to buy a home – it’s made it affordable.”


Another resident Martyn Edmonds, his partner Becky and their one-year-old daughter Isabelle are renting a house in the development.

Martyn and Becky were living in their parents’ homes before they discovered their application for a rented two-bedroom home had been successful.

Martyn is a pastry chef who has made afternoon tea for Mary Berry, while Becky is a nursery practitioner.

Broadacres has invested £2.9m in Beckfield, which included funding of £320,571 from Homes England, the Government body responsible for delivering new homes.

The homes were built by local firm Swale Valley Construction.