Eight new affordable homes have been built in the village of Husbands Bosworth.
Emh Group celebrated the completion of the project by inviting Harborough MP Sir Edward Garnier to attend the launch of the new homes and to wlecome one of the homes first owners to their property.
The official opening of East Midlands Housing Association’s new development in Knight’s Close was also attended by Harborough District Councillor for Planning and Environment Phil King, Harborough District Councillor for Husbands Bosworth Lesley Bowles and County Councillor Graham Hart.
Emh Group chief executive Chan Kataria welcomed new residents Tony Pick and his partner Sarah Hardy to their new home at the development as Sir Edward and the councillors presented them with a Christmas wreath and some fizz.
The developments were built on the original site of the village cricket ground, and has been named after the three Knight brothers who were mainstays of the cricket club for many years.
Berwyn Knight, the youngest of the three brothers attended the ceremony with his wife, Win. The homes overlook the new cricket pitch.
Of the eight new homes, five two and three bedroomed houses and one two bedroom wheelchair access bungalow are for affordable rent and will be managed by Leicestershire Rural HA.
The other two two bedroom houses are for shared ownership and will be sold through Hello Homes, the sales arm of the Emh group.
Sir Edward said: “It is a pleasure to be involved in the opening of these eight new homes in Husbands Bosworth.
“The availability of housing to rent or buy at prices the less well-off can afford remains a problem not only in rural Harborough but throughout the country, which is why I welcome this development.”
The homes are the first that have been built in Harborough with the New Homes Bonus funding, with Leicestershire County Council and Harborough District Council each contributing £87,000 to development costs.
Cllr Phil King said: “We are committed to enabling projects that help sustain our rural settlements.
“We are therefore extremely pleased to be involved in this partnership development by working very closely with the Husbands Bosworth Parish Council and the community from the outset.
“Providing affordable homes for local people will help us achieve this aim.”
The Homes and Communities Agency also contributed £90,000 from the Affordable Homes Programme to the project.
Chan Kataria said: “There is an all too real shortage of housing in our rural communities, with many people unable to afford to rent or buy in the villages in which they grew up.
“One of the major blockages is vocal opposition to new housing, so it is heartwarming to see local people and local councillors in Husbands Bosworth coming together to address the housing needs of their community.
“We are proud to have been part of this project, and could not have done it without the help and support of our partners.”