“This has been absolutely life changing for us as a family”, explained Debra Thomas, who’s just moved into one of Selby District Council’s brand new family homes at Byram.
Debra has three children, one of whom is severely autistic. “We’ve been living in the village for nearly 20 years so to get a four-bedroom house in the local area was amazing”, she explained. “It’s especially important for our youngest son, James. Because of his autism, James really needs support when dealing with change. Moving to a new home so close by has meant that we’ve been able to remain really settled”.
Debra's new home is one of 13 Council-owned family homes that have just been built. The development is part of a long-term £22m investment in new affordable homes across the area by Selby District Council. At Byram, the new family homes replace previously hard-to-let flats. “These new homes offer people in the area the type of properties they need”, explained Council Leader, Cllr Mark Crane. “It’s also a chance for us to invest in the community, to create better spaces and homes for local people.”
Cllr Crane continued, “Investing in affordable homes is part of our commitment to making the Selby district a great place to enjoy life. We know we’ve got a really good quality of life here and it’s important to ensure that the Council continues to support this and to support people’s access to good quality homes.”
The new Byram homes have been let through North Yorkshire Homechoice. This brings together a range of councils and housing suppliers across the county to support a single approach to lettings. Preference is given to those with an established local connection.