Ancient affordable housing tradition is maintained

An historic charity has unveiled three new affordable houses in Longford's Sepycoe Lane - built to rent to local people.

District Council Leader Councillor Lewis Rose OBE (right) performs the opening ceremony with Trustees Roy Pike (far left) and Graham JacksonSupported by your District Council, East Midlands Housing Group and Peak District Rural Housing Association, the Sir Robert Coke's Almshouses charity is maintaining an affordable housing tradition dating back to its creation by the Coke family in 1688.

Six almshouses were originally built on land owned by the Coke family in the grounds of Longford Hall, but these fell into disrepair and were abandoned in the 1960s, but the liability for them stayed with the Longford Estate. When it was sold to remove the liability, a payment was made to the charity to enable the provision of new homes.

District Council Leader Councillor Lewis Rose OBE, who performed the opening ceremony with Trustees Roy Pike and Graham Jackson, said:

"Providing affordable housing that helps local people to stay local remains our top priority and we have been delighted to help this charity find a suitable site in the village, carry out housing need surveys, assist with the letting process, provide capital funding and help access additional funding."

Sir Robert Coke almshousesThe present Trustees have worked for several years to achieve their goal of three affordable houses, each with three bedrooms, which will be rented to people who have a connection with Longford or the surrounding parishes of Rodsley, Hollington, Alkmonton or Thurvaston.

Said Trustee Roy Pike:

"The purpose of the charity is the provision of almshouses in the locality. Almshouses are an historic form of affordable housing with rentals well below market values, and we as trustees are under an obligation to carry out this purpose in perpetuity."

The former Longford Almshouses, pictured pre 1912More information is available by registering with Home Options online or phone 01629 761311. Alternatively, contact Rebecca Renshaw or Alison Clamp at Peak District Rural Housing Association on 01629 826040.



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