King's Close, North Walsham
||North Walsham, Norfolk
||Victory Housing Trust
||Oxbury & Co
A good example of bringing a derelict brownfield town-centre site back into use, King’s Close is also an instance where the creation of affordable homes was made possible by a unique partnership between developer and housing provider.
The site of a former garage in the north Norfolk town of North Walsham, the land had been derelict for six years, following the death of the former owner. Wellington sourced the site, quickly realising its potential, and approached Victory Housing Trust with a proposal which was enthusiastically accepted.
With the help of a grant from the Homes & Community Agency, Wellington built 16 new affordable homes – twelve flats and four bungalows, providing much-needed new homes for the town, in a very accessible site just a few minutes’ walk from its centre.
The site’s history was not entirely forgotten, though: the new street was named after the family which had owned the former garage, and the street sign was unveiled by members of the King family.