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£4.7 million project to provide more affordable homes in Stafford

A £4.7million project will see 44 new affordable homes built in Stafford.

The ambitious project is the first new housing development built by Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) to address the increasing need for affordable homes in the area.

“SARH understands the increasing demand for affordable housing in the Borough and this exciting new build shows our customers that, despite the current economic climate, we are committed to investing in new and affordable homes of the finest design and build quality,” said Karen Armitage, chief executive for SARH.

The project will see the regeneration of two demolished garage sites at Morton Road, at Burton Manor, and Hawksmoor Road, at Rising Brook, to create 19 homes.

A further 25 properties will be built on the sites of the demolished working men’s club in Douglas Road West, in Coton Fields, and disused land at St Peters Close, in Silkmore.

The homes will be delivered in partnership with Housing Plus as well as developers William Davies Homes and Clutton Homes.

Ursula Bennion, director of business development for Housing Plus, said: “We are delighted to be working with Stafford and Rural Homes on this project, which will deliver high quality and affordable homes for people in Stafford.”

The project is also being supported by Stafford Borough Council and a £2.2million grant from the Homes and Communities Agency.

Two architects – Barnett Ratcliffe Partnership and Metropolis – have designed the homes to an energy efficiency level exceeding government guidelines. This will help customers reduce their heating bills through technology such as solar panels and high efficiency condensing boilers.

The developments are due to be completed early in 2011 and six of the properties will be made available to customers through a shared equity scheme with the remainder available to rent through SARH.

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