Buckinghamshire couple Craig Dickson and Amy Wright are amongst several families to have benefited from much-needed new affordable homes by Hightown Housing Association.
Craig and Amy had been struggling with a lack of space and difficulty taking their three small children up and down from their third floor flat in Little Chalfont, so were thrilled when Hightown offered them a new house in the area at an affordable rent.
Craig and Amy are now enjoying life in their three-bedroom family home in Brayfield Close, Little Chalfont, near Amersham, with their one-year-old twin daughters Lilly and Fiah, and son Archie, aged two.
Their new home is part of the Harvard Grange estate, where Hightown has been able to offer 13 homes for affordable rent to local people as well as five shared ownership properties.
They’re a much-needed affordable addition to the housing stock in Little Chalfont where local people like Craig and Amy would otherwise be priced out of the market for a rented family house in their own community. The average monthly rent for a three-bedroom house in the area for the past year has been £2,002.
Amy, aged 26, said: “When we looked round, my first thought was ‘wow’! It was perfect for us and we couldn’t wait to move in. We were previously living in a third floor flat which made things like going shopping and taking the kids up and down quite difficult.
“We’re originally from just down the road in Chesham. My sister is only a short drive away and we have family in Amersham, which was one of the reasons it was so important for us to stay local.”
The full-time mum, previously a self-employed hairdresser, added that her new home was in a lovely area, with a garden which is ideal for the children, as well lots of natural light indoors.
Local amenities on their doorstep include a supermarket, Post Office, pub, restaurants and doctors’ surgery as well as Little Chalfont Nature Park – a great place for the family to enjoy days out together. Nearby Watford offers a vast range of retail and leisure opportunities.
Craig, a 29-year-old retail tile manager, said: “We wanted to stay local to the area as I work in Amersham, as well as having family here. So this was absolutely perfect for us – it ticked every box and more!
“It felt like a weight had been lifted off our shoulders as we needed the extra space after having the twins. The Hightown staff we have dealt with throughout the process have been really good at keeping us informed every step of the way.”