Royal opening for Manuden
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Following Prince Charles’ visit to West Hanningfield in December, it was the turn of his sister, Princess Anne, to give the royal seal of approval to a new affordable housing scheme in rural Essex at the end of March.
The Princess Royal visited Manuden, in Uttlesford district, where she planted a tree to officially open a new development of four rented houses, which will give local people with roots in this small rural community the opportunity to continue living there.
The homes at Manuden are the work of the English Rural Housing Association, which as the name implies, specialises in this type of development. RCCE, through its Rural Housing Enabler service, played an important role in the project, conducting the housing needs survey in the community, which provided specific evidence of local need.
The affordable homes are part of an ambitious community development which includes some open market housing and the eye catching Manuden Village Community Centre. The new centre, which was completed in April 2014, not only provides the very latest in village hall facilities but is also accompanied by a playing field that provides a floodlit multi-games area and new cricket and football pitches. The whole development represents a remarkable achievement for a community with a population of only 700.