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Tens of thousands of homes in are to benefit from new super-fast broadband.

According to consumer website www.uswitch.com, BT are ready to roll out its fibre optic broadband to , and , among other more rural locations.

Householders and businesses will soon be able to access download speeds of up to 20Mb – way faster than they currently can.

It’s a challenge to the region’s main communications provider – Kingston Communications – as BT are aggressively moving into their area in search of new business.

BT’s regional director for Yorkshire and Humber John Anderson said it will be a huge boost for everyone in East Yorkshire.

He continued: “We want to go even further by working with the public sector to find ways of bringing faster broadband to areas which are geographically and commercially more challenging.”

The is of great interest to people in East Yorkshire, who have only had one viable option in KC for their communications needs.

However, KC themselves are trying to innovate and have recently connected residents of Woodmansey to fibre optics which has given them access to 100Mb downloads speeds.

And they believe they can fight off outside competition by giving 15,000 more people in the area access to the super-fast broadband in the coming months.

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The Homes and Communities Agency has today announced the successful bidders to its £1.8bn programme who will deliver more than 150,000 affordable homes during 2011 – 2015.

of Yorkshire Council is one of 26 local authorities across the country that was successful in securing funding to allow just over 150 new homes to be provided, with the added benefit of providing continuing employment in the construction industry on a programme of around £18million.  Further will also be provided by working in the East Riding.

The Council’s bid included a range of schemes in towns and villages across the East Riding involving both new building and refurbishing existing homes and will provide high quality housing to meet the needs of local people.

Councillor Symon Fraser, cabinet portfolio holder for housing, environment and planning at Council, was delighted with the announcement.

He said “This is very welcome .  The funding will allow us to continue to build much needed affordable housing in the East Riding, and will also help to support jobs in construction and related areas.

“We are very grateful to the Homes and Communities Agency for continuing to support us as we tackle the shortage of affordable housing in the East Riding.  We know that there were huge demands on this funding programme, and that regional officers must have lobbied strongly on our behalf to secure this level of funding.”

Officers will now enter into further formal contract negotiations with the Homes and Communities Agency to enable the programme to begin in April 2012.

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A leading Yorkshire employer has won the highest national award for quality housebuilders in Britain.

It is the second year in a row that Yorkshire East has been confirmed as meriting the maximum five star official rating from the Home Builders Federation (HBF). The was announced after more than 20,000 new home buyers across the country took part in this year’s HBF customer satisfaction survey.

Asked if they were satisfied with the quality of their new home, and whether they would recommend their builder to a friend, more than 90 per cent of East customers answered yes. A score in excess of 90 per cent gives a the rare and prestigious five star status.

“Nobody knows the quality of our homes better than the customers who live in them,” said , Sales Director at Barratt Yorkshire East. “We are therefore ecstatic that they have awarded us the maximum five star rating for the second consecutive year.”

“This unprecedented achievement is a credit to the Barratt Yorkshire East staff who I know take such pride in every home they build and sell. It is their skill and dedication which has enabled literally thousands of customers to enjoy living in homes of the highest quality over many years.”

“We are the only housebuilder to offer a free five-year warranty on fixtures and fittings to give added peace of mind to our customers. This is in addition to the ten-year NHBC warranty on the structure of the building.”

The HBF poll, in which buyers were sent a questionnaire around eight weeks after moving in, covered the 12 months until September 2010.

“Not only is the quality of our homes first class, we’re also making it much easier for our customers to take their next step on the property ladder, even if they don’t have a large ,” added Paul Hogan.

“If you’re a you could move in for just 85 per cent of the price by taking advantage of our Head Start scheme. While homeowners who want a larger property are currently taking advantage of our part-exchange service in record numbers.”

“I would urge anyone who is looking to buy a new home of the highest quality to pick up the phone and ask us more about how we can help them.”

For more information on Barratt homes in your area please call central sales on 0800 590733 or visit www.barratthomes.co.uk

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BRITAIN’S shrinking bee population is being given a much-needed boost from Yorkshire’s leading , which is launching an initiative to plant hundreds of bee-friendly plants at its developments across the region.

Bee numbers declined by 20 per cent last winter alone, according to a survey by the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA).

And that’s not only bad for people who like honey. Because bees are vital pollinators in the food chain, with some 70 per cent of crops in the UK either dependent on, or benefiting from, visits from the humble bee. It has even been estimated that their value to the British economy is around £200 million.

With modern farming practices continuing to disturb the bee’s natural habitats, Yorkshire East is taking the initiative by planting species such as honeysuckles, foxgloves, poppies, lavenders and catmint around its new homes. All of these make the bee feel like it is in clover.

“We aim to create outstanding environments where people will aspire to live,” said , Sales Director at East.

“For that reason we want to support the biodiversity at our developments and create new habitats which will be there for our children and grandchildren to enjoy.”

“Plants and shrubs need to be put-in now if they’re going to be any use when the bees emerge from their hives in the spring.  We hope that our initiative will raise awareness of how important the bee is in the British garden and encourage others to provide more habitat and forage at their own homes.”

“It is very encouraging to see companies such as Barratt Yorkshire East  taking steps to help the bee population and would persuade more people to think about ways that they too can help,” said Tim Lovett, President of the BBKA.

“People can encourage bees to visit their garden by planting single flowering plants and vegetables, such as flowering herbs, mints and beans. Tall plants such as foxgloves and hollyhocks are also popular with bees.”

Participating developments in the Wakefield area include Millers Croft, Castleford and The Wharf, Knottingley.

For further information on current availability and prices at Barratt Yorkshire East please call Central Sales on 0800 590 733 or visit www.barratthomes.co.uk

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BUYERS seeking a new home with some individuality at a great price are invited to an exciting launch event for David Wilson Yorkshire East’s latest development Bradley Park in .

On Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th January buyers can enjoy some drinks, nibbles and an exclusive sneak peek at plans for the bespoke homes as well as the opportunity to reserve a plot at amazing pre-construction prices.

Bradley Park is an intimate development of just 39 homes, all of which are never before seen house types; sure to be a big hit with buyers seeking the comfort and well-designed features of a new home with some added creativity.

Home hunters will be able to choose from a range of three, four and five bedroom homes with prices starting from just £149,995.

Picturesque Market Weighton offers a host of amenities for prospective Bradley Park buyers and is just a stones throw away from York, and ; perfect for a commute or access to the leisure and retail activities on offer across the region.

David Wilson is also offering buyers the chance to take advantage of some of its fantastic deals to make owning a dream new home a reality. On offer at Bradley Park are the famous Headstart and Part Exchange schemes (selected plots only, terms and conditions apply).

Sue Blackburn, Sales Manager for David Wilson Yorkshire East commented; “Bradley Park is set to be a huge success. With such a small number of homes available and a new range of style to choose from, interested buyers need to join us on launch weekend to avoid disappointment.”

Interested buyers should visit www.dwh.co.uk for more information or call central sales on 0800 590733.

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