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New homes in Norwich city centre look set to be sold quickly

Property hunters who are looking for their first home or landlords who are looking for a property to add to their portfolios and protect it with landlords insurance are invited to the official opening of NR1, Taylor Wimpey’s new development in Norwich.

The impressive collection of one and two-bedroom apartments in the city centre are in a prime location on the banks of the River Wensum and they offer an excellent lifestyle opportunity for all of the prospective buyers. Guests at the exclusive launch on Friday will be the first to see both the detailed plans and prices for the collection of newly built homes for sale. Prospective buyers will be treated to food and drink and advised on the incentives Taylor Wimpey are offering people who sign up for one of the desirable residences.

Stacy Dornan, Regional Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey, says “We’re incredibly excited about the NR1 development of homes in Norwich, which boasts a fabulous waterside setting within easy reach of all the facilities of this fantastic city. High-quality apartments are always very much in demand, and so it’s no surprise that we’ve already received considerable interest in this exciting development. We expect the new homes at NR1 to be incredibly popular, so I would urge would-be movers to come along to the launch if they want to stand the best chance of securing the home of their dreams.”

Taylor Wimpey say the homes are in a superb location with fantastic views over the River Wensum, and yet the city centre is just a stroll away. Also close by are a wide choice of shopping, famous markets, bars and restaurants, while Norwich City Football Club is just a stone’s throw from the development. The city also has a thriving cultural life, with theatres, art galleries and live music venues. Norwich rail station is close at hand and the road network offers excellent routes out of the city.

Housing scheme in Norwich is set to be scrapped to save money

A system which has given thousands of families throughout Norwich both social housing and council houses is now set to be scrapped because of issues surrounding cost and the lack of transparency of the scheme.

The Home Options scheme was set up four years ago and the then Labour Government gave local councils a £100,000 grant to help to set up the system which saw residents apply via the internet for the kind of housing they want to live in. Once the housing registration is complete, they are put into different bands that range from emergency to low priority. They can then ‘bid’ for any property that becomes available in their band and landlords, either one of a number of housing associations or the city council who between them have thousands of properties protected with landlord insurance, will offer the home to the applicant who is at the top of the list.

However, South Norfolk Council have looked at the way the system operates, and concluded it is wasteful, not good value for money and that some people have so little chance of getting a new home there is no point in them being on the housing list. Members of the council will shortly be asked to agree to withdraw from the scheme that despite being well run and delivering a good service also had a great deal of duplication that was not needed. The most likely outcome is that each council will set up its own system to allocate housing.

A District Council spokeswoman said: “This council will ensure that our residents will not be disadvantaged in any way by the service improvements we propose. The purpose of the new service is to understand people’s housing problems and help them resolve them. There were certain elements of the Home Options scheme which were good and proper, but it has cost a lot of money and not delivered the savings we had hoped for.”