Saffron Housing Trust now has over 5300 properties throughout East Anglia. In 2004, 4300 properties were transferred from South Norfolk Council – the growth in the number of homes a clear indication of Saffron’s commitment to provide more affordable homes for the people of East Anglia.
Since 2004 a programme of works has been completed ensuring that our houses comply with the Decent Homes standard and that we make continuous improvements such as the kitchens project completed in 2009. We also look to make our properties as energy efficient as possible and we have also recently installed pv panels on over 800 of our homes. A high level of maintenance is given to our older properties as well as bringing new affordable homes to East Anglia.
Over the last eighteen months, as part of our new developments, we have built small numbers of homes in rural communities. South Norfolk Council and Saffron Housing Trust have a desire to keep affordable homes for local people in rural villages. We have also added to our ‘general needs’ housing stock in that time.
Saffron is also one of the largest providers in the country of HOLD properties – Home Ownership for those with Long term Disabilities. Whilst Saffron has shared ownership HOLD properties throughout East Anglia, several homes were recently completed in Lowestoft, in partnership with Suffolk County Council. HOLD properties mean that those who have particular needs – and their families – not only know they have a home for as long as they need it but that they can specify how their individual support is provided.
In the last few years we have also worked with partners to open a range of new facilities:
Right Tracks in King’s Lynn. This scheme saw a derelict tyre depot transformed into 12 flats. These homes are for young people who need some support as they move into independent living. This support is provided by The Benjamin Foundation. Right Tracks won The Mayor’s Design Award ‘in recognition of the creation of a design of special quality which enhances the surroundings in this Borough’. Saffron was grateful for the support of the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk.
Grays Fair Court in New Costessey. Saffron worked with Age UK Norfolk (formerly Age Concern Norfolk) and Norfolk County Council to provide a £5 million state of the art resource centre for older people which, along with 34 Saffron homes is a multicare scheme which includes 20 respite care beds and day services.
Hazeldene just outside Lowestoft. Saffron has also worked in partnership with Break to open a Family Assessment Centre where parenting skills are assessed to ensure that children are safe and protected.
Sherwell Court in Hellesdon, Norwich. In June 2010, in partnership with Broadland District Council and Norfolk County Council, Saffron opened Sherwell Court which provides eight specially designed flats for young people with disabilities, a bungalow with a high standard of accessibility and nine houses for people on the Broadland District Council’s Housing register.
The Board, Executive and Staff are committed to providing quality homes and services for people in Norfolk and throughout East Anglia. They are delighted to work in partnership with a range of organisations.
Saffron Housing Trust is also delighted to support Saffron Community Foundation an independent charity providing support for local communities in our communities.
Saffron Housing Trust is planning to change from a Company Limited by Guarantee (CLG) to an Industrial and Provident Society (IPS). You can read more about the proposed changes here.
“The children love their new home and after a period of adjustment we have settled back into life together as a family. The children no longer have to share a room, which they love.”Amy, Pulham Market