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Staff from Yorkshire Housing were joined by members of Ryedale Council, Transcore employees and the Mennell family yesterday to officially unveil Yorkshire Housing’s latest development, ten social rents in Norton near Malton.

The development, named after the late counsellor Mennell who served the area as mayor five times, is made up of six one bed flats and four two beds. Situated around a mile outside Malton, famous for its monthly food markets and annual food festivals, the development will provide affordable quality housing for local residents.

The one million pound development was jointly funded by Yorkshire Housing and Homes England. Built by Transcore Ltd., the development contributes to Yorkshire Housing’s commitment to building 3,125 new homes by 2020.

During its development several artefacts of archaeological significance were found, including the remains of some ancient residents of the area, the project had to be postponed while a full survey of the area was carried out.

Chair of the Yorkshire Housing board, Will Lifford, said during his speech at the event: “It’s been a tricky development, there has been lots of new and unusual obstacles to overcome but the fact we’re stood here today unveiling this development is testament to the good work of Yorkshire Housing and our partners.”

Son of the late counsellor Mennell, John Mennell said: “I don’t want it to be understated how much this means to the Mennell family, my father worked tirelessly to help the area and we’re very proud of his legacy, to see him be honoured in this way is very touching.”