WORK to provide much-needed affordable housing in Newbury has begun thanks to the efforts of a local charity.
Sixteen new Almshouse flats will be built in Mill Lane after The Charity of Mrs Mabel Luke secured funding to get the project under way. However, further funding will be needed to complete the project.
Mabel Luke Place will be made up of one- and two-bed homes across three apartment blocks and will be allocated to those in the Greenham and Newbury area based on need and in collaboration with Homechoice West Berkshire.
The new homes, which will hopefully house up to 40 residents, will replace the four Almshouses that previously stood on the two-acre plot purchased by Mrs Mabel Luke in 1928.
The Newbury-based charity has so far gained funding from a range of sources including a rent surplus from the original homes on the site, grants from the Housing and Communities Agency, Greenham Common Trust and a contribution from West Berkshire Council.
However, this will only see the first two blocks built. The charity hopes to raise a further £120,000 for the final building.
If you would like to donate, go to thegoodexchange.com and search for ‘The Charity of Mrs Mabel Luke’ or for more information on the charity, visit mabelluke.co.uk