New beginnings

New residents Sarah Webb and Matt Turnock along with their two week old son Joseph are welcomed to their new home by JJHT's Chair of the Board, Kath Lavery and High Peak Borough Councilors', Caitlin Bisknell and Anthony McKeown. Photo contributed.
New residents Sarah Webb and Matt Turnock along with their two week old son Joseph are welcomed to their new home by JJHT's Chair of the Board, Kath Lavery and High Peak Borough Councilors', Caitlin Bisknell and Anthony McKeown. Photo contributed.

LANDLORD and tenant came together recently to celebrate the birth of a new affordable housing development in New Mills.

New residents Sarah Webb and Matt Turnock, along with their newborn son Joseph, helped Johnnie Johnson Housing Trust (JJHT) mark the official opening of the scheme Leighton House in New Mills.

Since 2007, the trust has worked closely with High Peak Borough Council to find infill sites that were suitable for development to provide new affordable homes. Grant funding was allocated by the Homes and Communities Agency in order to assist delivery of these much-needed homes.

Sixteen new homes were recently completed in the area, all achieving Level 3 of the Code for Sustainable Homes and incorporating sustainable features including solar thermal roof panels, sun pipes, heat recovery systems and grey rainwater recycling and boilers with gas savers.

Sarah commented: “I think our apartment is one of the nicest I have seen.”

Added Matt: “We like having Johnnie Johnson as our landlord. It feels like we are part of a little community and it feels nice to know if we have any problems then we can all talk to each other.”

The new scheme comprises of apartments, houses and bungalows available for rent and x4 shared ownership apartments.

For more information on the properties, call 0845 604 1095.