New homes for the people as charity and developer join forces

The site for ten new bungalows to be built by Broadgate Homes on behalf of the charity Spalding Town Husbands with vice chairman 'John Lister, clerk Richard Knipe, chief executive of Broadgate Homes  Ian Canham and construction manager Rod Mitchell.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
The site for ten new bungalows to be built by Broadgate Homes on behalf of the charity Spalding Town Husbands with vice chairman 'John Lister, clerk Richard Knipe, chief executive of Broadgate Homes Ian Canham and construction manager Rod Mitchell. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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Spalding Town Husbands and Broadgate Homes have teamed up to provide ten new homes for people in need from the South Holland area.

The project has been funded by the charity, with help from the John and Lucille van Geest Foundation, and work on the bungalows in Woolram Wygate, Spalding, is scheduled to be completed in late summer or early autumn this year.

Richard Knipe of Spalding Town Husbands said: “We have 61 almshouses in Spalding and Pinchbeck to provide accommodation and affordable housing for people in need from South Holland. 
“The charity is working in partnership with Broadgate Homes to construct ten new almshouses at Wygate Park because we believe there’s an unmet need for affordable housing in the area.

“It’s the third time we’ve undertaken this sort of project with Broadgate Homes and this is the third set of bungalows they have built for us.

“The previous two have been very successful, built on budget, on time and to a very high standard, so I’m confident that these bungalows will provide very high quality accommodation, at an affordable price, for people who wish to occupy them.” 
Ian Canham, chief executive of Broadgate Homes, said “The land was originally earmarked for a health facility but this didn’t go ahead.

“So instead of letting the land just sit there as it is, we said to the district council ‘why not got more almshouses built down there?’

“The council was very supportive of the scheme and now we can get going from there.

“As a housebuilder, the only healthy housing market is one that provides low rent properties for local people.”

South Holland district councillor and Spalding Town Husbands’ trustee Coun Liz Sneath said: “I am very pleased to be involved with this worthy charity which, for nearly 450 years, has played an important role in helping to house citizens of Spalding.

“These new one-bedroom bungalows will be a useful and important addition to our existing properties.”

Pictured are the charity’s vice chairman John Lister, Richard Knipe, Ian Canham and construction manager Rod Mitchell. Photo: SG121214-102TW.