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Homes named in memory of quantity surveyor who died at 50

PUBLISHED: 09:00 06 July 2018

Dawn Housden, Michael Newey and Bethany Housden at the official unveiling of the Housden Court street sign. PHOTO: Broadland Housing

Dawn Housden, Michael Newey and Bethany Housden at the official unveiling of the Housden Court street sign. PHOTO: Broadland Housing

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The widow of a popular quantity surveyor has spoken of how proud her husband would be to see the “lovely” homes that have been named in his memory.

New homes at Housden Court � Broadland Housing�s new affordable housing development in Great Ryburgh. PHOTO: Pete Huggins 07785311449New homes at Housden Court � Broadland Housing�s new affordable housing development in Great Ryburgh. PHOTO: Pete Huggins 07785311449

Housden Court, in the village of Great Ryburgh, commemorates Andrew Housden, who died in 2010 aged just 50.

The new development, which was completed in March 2018, comprises five affordable homes for the village community.

At the official unveiling of the street sign on July 4, Mr Housden’s widow Dawn and close family joined guests from North Norfolk district council, Broadland staff, and representatives from architects Ingleton Wood and builders H Smith and Sons of Honingham.

Mrs Housden said: “I can’t begin to tell you how it feels for me, my daughter Bethany and son Christopher that Broadland has done this for Andrew.

“He always worked incredibly hard and absolutely loved his work. He would have been so proud to see these lovely homes. Thank you all so much.”

It is the first completed development in the Mixed Housing Scheme, an initiative to build 106 new homes on six sites on land provided by North Norfolk District Council, Broadland Housing Group and purchased from third parties.

Andrew Savage, executive development director at Broadland Housing, and a long-standing friend and colleague, said: “Andrew was always very supportive to all of us working in local housing.

“When I first joined Broadland in 2003, he was working as the lead quantity surveyor for what is now Aecom.

“Andrew was the first person to come up to me on site and ask, how can I help you?

“We were all devastated when he died suddenly, shortly after he reached 50.”

Councillor Sue Arnold, North Norfolk council’s cabinet member for housing, said: “These five new affordable homes are important in so many ways. The tenants benefit from a well-designed and well-built new home which is affordable and meets their needs. The value of this should not be underestimated.

“The new homes are the start of a wider programme bringing both affordable homes to rent and buy, as well as market homes, to six communities. The council looks forward to continuing to work with Broadland to develop more such homes.”

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