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Affordable homes to rent on the edge of beautiful Staffordshire countryside

An affordable housing scheme is set to provide 12 quality homes to rent in a popular Staffordshire village.

Backing onto open fields close to Fulford, the £2.8 million Stonehills Close development by Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) is within easy reach of both Stafford and the Stoke-on-Trent conurbation.

It is being built on a rural exception site in in Hilderstone Road, Meir Heath with the backing of Fulford Parish Council – which helped to identify a clear local need for affordable housing – and the support of the Homes and Communities Agency that provided £300,000 grant funding.

Karen Armitage, SARH Chief Executive, explained: “We have worked closely with both the local Parish Council and Stafford Borough Council to find a suitable location for new, affordable homes that will enable people to live in communities where they have a strong connection.

“I am delighted to see that work is progressing well on site and look forward to completion of the development in spring this year as we start celebrations to mark our 10th anniversary year.”

During a recent site visit to Stonehills Close, Cllr Roy Taylor, Vice Chair of Fulford Parish Council, commented: “We suggested to SARH that land in Hilderstone Road, previously a disused plant nursery, would be a suitable location for affordable rental homes needed in the parish, and I’m delighted to see the development now taking shape.”

When complete, Stonehills Close will offer 18 two-bedroom and 2 three-bedroom homes built on behalf of SARH by housebuilder Partner Construction. As well as providing 12 homes for rent, the development also includes 8 shared ownership properties – offing an ideal opportunity for local people who would not otherwise be able to afford to get onto the housing ladder.

Steve Walsh, Construction Director at Partner Construction, commented: “This development at Stonehills Close is a first between ourselves and Stafford and Rural Homes and one that the team at Partner should be proud of.

“The new homes all comply with the Code For Sustainable Homes Level Three, which means they are highly energy efficient and could help customers save money by reducing their energy bills with features such as high efficiency boilers and outdoor rotary driers.”

Also present during the recent site visit was Cllr Jeremy Pert, Cabinet Member for Communities at Stafford Borough Council, who said: “We know that there was a significant demand for affordable homes in this area of Meir Heath and the volume of enquiries from people interested in living in these new attractive, spacious and well-designed homes really demonstrates this.

“Through working in partnership with a variety of parties, SARH has been able to deliver a great range of houses that people will be proud to live in for many years to come.”

Further information about Stonehills Close, including details on how to become a SARH customer, are available by visiting the social landlord’s website at www.sarh.co.uk.

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