Henry Belllingham, Brandon Lewis and Tony Hall at Millfleet Court.

Housing minister Brandon Lewis visited King’s Lynn to open the first phase of the regeneration of a town centre housing estate.

Millfleet Court is the first milestone completed as part of the £30m regneration of Hillington Square.

Guests included North West Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham and Borough Mayor Barry Ayres. They were part of the group shown a film which featured key people involved with the regeneration – as well as the history of Hillington Square.

Staff members at Freebridge Communtyt Housing, which owns the estate, also took part in the event.

The celebrations culminated in a firework display.

“This is a momentous occasion for the people living in Lynn. Seeing so many people having fun this afternoon was great, but more importantly we are delighted that the new homes are ready and people are about to move in and enjoy living at the heart of the community,” said Tony Hall, chief executive at Freebridge.

Brandon Lewis, who is also MP for Great Yarmouth, said: “Building more affordable homes is a vital part of our long-term economic plan. I am delighted to open Millfleet Court  and hear how Freebridge Housing has worked with the local community.”

“I couldn’t wait to apply,” said tenant David Turvey who said he was excited at the prospect of moving into a new home within Millfleet Court.

The renovated block has a range of studio flats with one, two and three-bedroomed homes available for tenants registered with Home Choice.

Work on phase two of the redevelopment will start later this year.