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Pupils see affordable homes of the future

Youngsters were among the first in their village to see new affordable homes being built at Mosterton in west Dorset.

The 23-strong party from Parrett and Axe Primary School were given a VIP visit to the new development by Stonewater Homes.

They toured the Windsor Close site as part of their Key Stage 2 studies to learn about construction equipment and health and safety.

Stonewater is developing 36 wholly affordable homes in partnership with Dorchester-based Acheson Construction and Homes England. West Dorset District Council has also supported the scheme.

Simon Smith, headteacher at Parrett and Axe Primary School, said: “It was a great adventure to have spent the afternoon outside of the classroom.

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“Our children really enjoyed their visit and want to thank Stonewater and Acheson for showing them around the site and sharing their knowledge.

“The chronic housing shortage in the area directly affects young families in our village.

“The main purpose of the visit was to teach the children about construction site safety.

“However, I believe it was an important message for the children to learn about why we need to build more homes for local people in villages like ours so that we can continue to sustain the school community for years to come.”

Construction of the properties began in March 2018 and Stonewater joined forces with the primary school in Mosterton last September.

The housing association has kept in close contact with the school to keep them up-to-date to minimise any inconvenience and help the school keep their pupils safe.

Matthew Crucefix, Stonewater’s assistant director for development, said: “It was a wonderful idea to invite the pupils from Parrett and Axe Primary School to teach them about our work.”

Michael Childs, Acheson Construction site manager, added that it was important to ‘teach the younger local residents about the on-site safety in-depth’ and showcase what they do for communities.

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