Princess arrives in Newport

PUBLISHED: 18:03 27 January 2009 | UPDATED: 21:40 31 May 2010

Royal visit to Bowker Close by the Princess Royal.
Newport.
January 27, 2009.
Photograph by Michael Boyton.
Pic shows: HRH cutsd the ribbon to officially open Bowker Close.
Names (L-R): HRH The Princess Royal; Simon Pott.

Royal visit to Bowker Close by the Princess Royal. Newport. January 27, 2009. Photograph by Michael Boyton. Pic shows: HRH cutsd the ribbon to officially open Bowker Close. Names (L-R): HRH The Princess Royal; Simon Pott.

PRINCESS Anne arrived in Newport to officially open a new housing project today (Tuesday January 27) The Princess Royal, president of the Rural Housing Trust, arrived in the village by helicopter to mark the opening of Bowker Close. The new development,

PRINCESS Anne arrived in Newport to officially open a new housing project today (Tuesday January 27)

The Princess Royal, president of the Rural Housing Trust, arrived in the village by helicopter to mark the opening of Bowker Close.

The new development, named after the district and parish councillor Bill Bowker who did so much to bring about the scheme, comprises 19 two- and three-bedroom affordable houses.

Chairman of Newport Parish Council, Cllr Andrew Yarwood, said: "Newport Parish Council has enjoyed a successful relationship with the Trust, which has enabled the provision of good quality affordable homes to local people. We are pleased that The Princess Royal formally opened Bowker Close and had the chance to meet residents and councillors, and look at the development itself."

It became clear in 1997 that there was a lack of affordable housing in the village. Eventually land was made available by the Inchcape Family Trust and exceptional planning permission was granted on the basis that the homes were to be affordable and for local people in perpetuity.

This is the 20th scheme developed by the Trust in Uttlesford district. It was in Uttlesford that the first scheme in the country was granted planning permission under the rural exception policy. During the 80s and 90s the Trust pioneered the use of land not earmarked for development for affordable housing, reserved for local people, and went on to build a total of 350 village housing schemes.

Uttlesford District Council carried out an evaluation of rural housing schemes last year which found that carefully conceived schemes on rural exception sites are very beneficial to local communities and very much welcomed by residents.

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