Community housing | Community witnesses start of homes transformation

Community witnesses start of homes transformation

Local residents and children from a nearby school have been amongst the first to see the progress on an ambitious scheme to transform the Holmcroft area of Stafford.

Builders are now on site in Woodlands Road as part of a project that will see the replacement of 14 bungalows that no longer meet the high standards set by the areas leading provider of affordable homes, Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH).

The current occupants of the properties were given the opportunity to see their new homes taking shape as part of a scheme to deliver a mix of one bedroom bungalows and two, three and four bedroom houses. The scheme, which will also see new homes built in Second Avenue, is the result of a partnership between SARH, Stafford Borough Council (SBC) and construction firm Jessup Brothers.

Karen Armitage, SARH Chief Executive, commented: “This project is a fantastic example of partnership working to deliver high quality homes that meet the needs of the local community.

“It’s also unusual in that we’ve been able to plan the build programme so that most customers can remain in their old home until their new home is complete, minimising any disruption.”

“We also recognise that good housing is not just about bricks and mortar, but about building stronger communities and as well as providing new homes, the scheme will maintain the strong neighbourhood bonds that have been established over many years.

“We’re delighted our partners share this vision and it was fantastic that so many members of the local community joined us as to witness the start of construction work.”

Karen was joined in welcoming visitors to Woodlands Road by Tim Clegg, Chief Executive from SBC, who said: “The council has set out a strong plan for creating a prosperous borough of strong, safe, and healthy communities with quality places to live. Woodlands Road is the type of development that will help deliver this vision.”

Clive Jessup, Managing Director of Jessup Brothers, added: “As a locally-based company we are delighted to be involved in a project that’s set to improve the standard of local housing.

“At the same time we’re committed to re-investing in the community by creating employment opportunities for locally based trades people and contractors.”

Also taking part in the site visit were youngsters from nearby Sir Graham Balfour School, further strengthening links between the local community, SARH and its construction partners. During the event they were presented with framed photographs of artwork painted on disused garages that have also been taken down to make way for the new homes. During the build programme, Jessup will be hosting a number of on-site events to enable students to discover the many career opportunities offered by the construction industry.

When complete, the project will offer 27 homes for affordable rent and 13 for shared ownership and the first new homes will be ready by June this year. Designed by architect Ian Foden of BM3, the14 one-bedroom bungalows and a mix of two, three and four-bedroomed properties incorporate the latest energy-saving features.

They are amongst the latest properties to be built as part of a series of developments by SARH, one of the areas leading employers, which has seen more than 500 new homes built over the past decade.

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