Development Partners

Development Partners

Saffron Housing Trust has over 6,000 homes throughout East Anglia; see where these are located on the Housing Map. In 2004, 4,300 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.

Saffron has worked with a variety of partners to deliver high quality homes and continues to do so.

Saffron Housing Trust has over the years worked closely with partners and developers of large, small and medium size to provide high quality homes and these include Crocus Homes, Abel Homes, Cripps Developments and Bennett Homes,.

For over a decade Saffron has worked with independent landowners of rural sites to develop affordable housing which meets the needs of local people. These developments often lie outside and adjacent the settlement boundary of a parish and are known as “exception sites” as National Planning Policy makes this land available for a affordable housing developments (land which would otherwise not be eligible for open market housing developments). As part of our commitment to local communities and economies we employ local builders and contractors to construct these developments. By developing affordable homes in rural locations Saffron aims to increase the sustainability of rural communities, ensuring that the priority of new lettings and sales are repeatedly given to local people regardless of banding. Exception site developments ranging in size from 4 to 24 units have been completed all over Norfolk, most recently in Freethorpe and Dickleburgh.

Saffron continues to research and fund exception site developments and encourages all landowners who want to know to more get in touch.


Saffron Housing Trust has worked with Partners to deliver high quality housing over the years. As part of the partnership Saffron helped deliver the Bowthorpe Care Village now known as The Meadows and Mayflower Court.

This is the culmination of an enormous project, which is a true partnership between Saffron Housing, NorseCare, the Homes and Communities Agency (now Homes England), Norwich City Council and Norfolk County Council. The Care Village has been constructed on a 2.3 hectare site and consists of 3 main buildings. The Meadows, Saffron Housing Trust manages the 92 apartment Housing with Care scheme with NorseCare managing Mayflower Court which is an 80-bed specialist dementia care home. At the heart of the village is a central ‘hub’ with facilities including a restaurant, café, hairdressers, bar and community shop.

As part of this partnership, Saffron was delighted to welcome David Orr, former Chief Executive of National Housing Federation, and Sarah Finnegan, External Affairs Manager for East of England, on a visit to The Meadows. After his visit David Orr said he had, ‘Really enjoyed visit to Bowthorpe Care Village and proves that care Starts at Home.”

Other Partners that Saffron has worked with are:

Age UK Norfolk, The Benjamin Foundation, Break, Solo Housing, Borough Council of Kings Lynn & West Norfolk, Broadland District Council and Suffolk County Council

Age UK Norfolk

Age UK Norfolk and Saffron Housing have a continuing partnership with 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.

The Benjamin Foundation

The Benjamin Foundation provide a support service in Saffron’s Right Tracks building 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.


Saffron has also worked in partnership with Break to open Hazeldene, a Family Assessment Centre, just outside Lowestoft. This centre assesses parenting skills to ensure that children are safe and protected.

Broadland District Council

A partnership with Broadland District Council and Norfolk County Council resulted in Sherwell Court in Hellesdon, Norwich. In June 2010 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.


Saffron has also been 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 Norfolk, many homes have also been developed in Lowestoft, in partnership with Suffolk County Council and more recently a partnership with Essex County Council provided a further three properties. 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.

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.

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