Local families in their new affordable homes in time for summer

Local families are settling into their new homes in two recently completed housing developments on Institute Road in Taplow.

The developments were granted planning permission by South Bucks District Council in 2015 and are two of a number of schemes in the South Bucks area providing affordable housing for local people.

Hightown Housing Association provided 12 flats for affordable rent within the Lansdowne Place scheme in August last year and Housing Solutions took handover of 12 homes further along the road earlier this year

For the Housing Solutions scheme, tenants and purchasers had to demonstrate a strong local connection to Taplow Parish or neighbouring parishes to be eligible to apply for a home. Two of the seven properties for shared ownership are still available.

Together the two developments provide a mixture of one, two and three bedroom houses and flats for affordable rent and shared ownership.

Charlene and Philip Murphy moved into a Housing Solutions three bedroom rented property in March this year.

Charlene said: "After coming across the new affordable housing scheme on the South Bucks District Council website we instantly applied.

"We had lived in private rented accommodation in Taplow for the last three years and now with three children our two bedroom property was becoming quite a squeeze.

"We had looked to move into a bigger property but these were all unaffordable.

"We did not want to leave the area as I work in Taplow and the children attend the local guide groups. When we were accepted and offered our property we were over the moon. For us it was like winning the lottery, we are very happy here and I'm sure we will be for years to come. Thank you!"

Cllr Patrick Hogan, Portfolio Holder for Healthy Communities, said: "We know how important it is for people to be able to live in the area where they have established connections, which is why we are supporting South Bucks residents to find homes in the local area.

"For some people, having their own home in South Bucks can seem like an impossible dream because it's such an expensive area.

"On top of that, there is a very high demand for social housing here which means many households have little prospect of securing somewhere to live through social housing providers.

"Therefore, it is important that anyone looking for a place to live in South Bucks considers all the options available to them, and that we as a council do everything we can to support people by enabling as much affordable housing as possible.

"The Housing Solutions and Hightown developments in Institute Road are a fantastic example of this and I'm delighted to see households have now moved into their new homes; something which has been made possible through the affordable housing planning policy.

"Everyone deserves a place to call home and these developments show that local people can continue to live in the area where they have connections."