Project to address lack of flats in Penrith

Construction work is set to start on new affordable homes and a children's centre in Penrith, Cumbria after Impact Housing Association was awarded funding of £1.8m from the Homes & Communities Agency.

A total of 27 flats will be built on land next to the Eden Rural Foyer: 20 two-bed and seven one-bed apartments to address the demand for homes from of single people and couples in the local area.

Penrith has the highest housing need in the Eden district, with smaller homes particularly in demand. Impact Housing Associated is providing around £1.5m towards the overall cost of the development.

Deborah McLaughlin, HCA regional director, said: "We know that the shortage of affordable housing in and around Penrith is a really important issue for local people. This is why we are so pleased to provide funding for such a valuable and innovative scheme. I'm sure these new homes, alongside Eden Foyer, will make a great difference to the lives of many young people in the area."

The development includes a new children's centre, funded by a £1m investment from Cumbria County Council and to be managed by Barnardo's. Children under five and their families will be welcome at the centre, where they will have access to facilities and services to help improve their lives.

Work is due to start on site in April.

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