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Parliamentary candidate visits brownfield site being transformed into riverside homes

Conservative Parliamentary candidate, Matt Warman, today visited a new housing development in Boston that is protected by NHBC's 10 year Buildmark warranty. The development, sitting on a former park home site that fell into disuse, will create 140 new homes when complete.

Matt Warman

Mr Warman, who is contesting the seat of Boston and Skegness in the upcoming General Election, met with representatives from NHBC and the developers, Chestnut Homes, at their Riverside development. Chestnut Homes are helping to regenerate and develop former brownfield land into a collection of elegant two, three and four-bedroom cottage-style homes, including town houses and apartments. Through extensive planting of trees and shrubs, with communal open space, the once run-down site is being visibly transformed, significantly enhancing the Boston marina.

The event was organised by NHBC, the leading warranty and insurance provider for new homes in the UK, to highlight its risk management processes and to show the Parliamentary candidate a prime example of new homes that meet current building regulations. Last year, NHBC registered 11,809 new homes in the East Midlands, the highest level since 2007. Of those homes, 8,452 were detached or semi-detached homes, the highest level seen since 2002.

Commenting on the visit, Mr Warman said: "I want to see more building on brownfield sites, allowing everyone the chance to own their own home in the central locations where voters tell me again and again that they want to live. I'm particularly pleased to see Chestnut Homes aiming not just to build homes, but to make attractive communal spaces that help to build thriving, friendly communities."

David Newton, Managing Director of Chestnut Homes said: "We were pleased to welcome Mr Warman to our Riverside development in Boston so that he could see for himself how Government initiatives have helped Chestnut Homes regenerate that part of Boston, create jobs, and of course help first-time buyers onto the housing ladder, in addition to those families needing to move to a larger home. We also pride ourselves in meeting the highest standards of building regulations, which is shown in the quality and style of our new homes, so it was nice to show our product to Mr Warman."

Ólöf Jónsdóttir, NHBC's Public Affairs Manager said: "NHBC registered 145,174 new homes for development in 2014 across the UK, up 9% on 2013, with research showing that 245,000 homes are needed every year to meet demand. As supply grows to meet this need, it is vital that we continue to deliver on standards, and NHBC will work with the industry and Parliamentarians to ensure that the build quality of new homes in the UK remains high."

Richard Hartshorn, NHBC's Regional Director for the East of England, said: "Housing starts have been relatively stable in Boston and Skegness, slightly decreasing from 111 in 2012 to 89 in 2013, and then rising by 8% in 2014 with 97 homes being registered for development. NHBC has worked for 80 years to raise standards in house-building, and we are delighted to be able to show Matt Warman first-hand how we are helping builders to construct high quality new homes in Boston and Skegness."

NHBC Media Contacts

Nadia Bedra | Assistant Media & Communications Officer | 01908 746 734
Karen Renshaw | Government and Policy Affairs Adviser | 0207 648 4051

News Date: 08/04/15