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Community group praises new homes

A community group representing residents living near a £6.1 million regeneration scheme in Rising Brook, Stafford has praised new homes built by the area’s leading provider of affordable homes, Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH).

Members of the Burton Manor Community Association were treated to a tour of the new Hesketh Village development as the scheme nears completion.

SARH customers started moving into the first of 63 new homes in Hesketh Road last month, and the remaining one and two bed apartments are set to be finished in March.

As an organisation representing the interests of local residents, the Community Association was kept up to date on developments throughout the construction process and its Secretary, Mo Matthews said they were delighted to be amongst the first to see the completed homes.

“The new apartments look fantastic and the scheme has provided a huge lift for the area, making it a much more desirable place to live,” she said.

Local councillor, Angela Loughran also took part in the tour and added: “Praise must also go to the developers Wates and all who have worked on the site, they really have been considerate during the construction works.”

The scheme, which has been supported by £1.26 million of funding from the Homes and Community Agency (HCA) and £315k of funding from Stafford Borough Council, is set to provide 25 one bedroom apartments and 38 two bedroom apartments for rent across five attractively designed buildings.

The tour was led by Nick Powell, who managed the project on behalf of SARH, who said: “It’s fantastic to see how much work has been done over the past year in the development of these stylish, energy-efficient apartments.”

The scheme is part of a wider, £40 million project to regenerate key areas in and around Stafford and build over 600 new homes by 2021. This and similar schemes will also provide a major boost to the economy through the creation of new jobs, training opportunities and the use of local suppliers.

Karen Armitage, SARH Chief Executive, commented: “Over the past year there has been a great deal of excitement about this flagship project which has significantly uplifted the appearance of the area.

“The feedback we have received from residents has been extremely positive and we are now looking forward to welcoming more SARH customers to their new homes in Hesketh Village.”

Hesketh Village is one of a number of new SARH developments in the area, offering homes to rent from as little as £90 per week, with no upfront fees. Further information is available on the SARH website at

Pictured: from left to right: Laura MacPhee, SARH Customer Engagement Advisor; Nick Powell and Cllr Angela Loughran with Marie Turner, Treasurer and Mo Matthews, Secretary of Burton Manor Community Association during the tour of Hesketh Village

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