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Parliamentary candidate visits affordable homes being built by small builders

The Conservative candidate seeking re-election, Henry Bellingham, today visited two new affordable home developments that are protected by NHBC's 10 year Buildmark warranty. The developments, both being constructed by small builders, will provide 41 affordable houses and apartments in King's Lynn when complete.

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Mr Bellingham, who has been MP for Norfolk North West since 1983 (except 1997-2001), met with representatives from NHBC to learn about how small builders are helping to provide a much needed boost to new homes for the local area. He visited a development of 16 affordable homes on Coronation Avenue, which is being constructed by Lindum BMS. Mr Bellingham also visited a former nightclub site being transformed into 25 affordable homes and apartments by Wellington Construction. NHBC figures have shown activity picking up by small builders particularly in the last two months of this year, with small builders showing a 74% increase in starts compared to the same period last year.

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. In 2014, NHBC registered 13,654 new homes in the Eastern region. Of those homes, 7,503 were detached or semi-detached homes, the highest level seen since 2007.

Commenting on the visit, Mr Bellingham said: "With the Construction Industry Training Board located at Bircham in West Norfolk, we are never left in any doubt about the vital importance of the construction and housing sector to our local economy. Also, we now have a number of key projects under way in our district, and it is very good news indeed that more jobs are being created and more apprenticeships."

Richard Hartshorn, NHBC's Regional Director for the East of England, said: "Housing starts have been been relatively low in Norfolk North West, with only 117 in 2012. This rose to 155 in 2013, falling back to 121 in 2014 (subject to adjustments). NHBC has worked for 80 years to raise standards in house-building, and we are delighted to be able to show Mr Bellingham first-hand how we are helping builders to construct high quality new homes in Norfolk North West."

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News Date: 13/04/15