New homes to revamp unused town centre site
WORK on a £4.4million affordable housing development in Stafford town centre is now underway.
Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) and its development partner Housing Plus are creating 18 one bedroom and 27 two bedroom flats on Foregate Street.
“The project will transform a site which had previously been unused for some time into more much needed high quality one and two bedroom accommodation helping local people to downsize,” said Karen Armitage, Chief Executive of SARH.
“This is really important as we look to reduce the impact of the government’s charge for under occupying and releases much needed family housing in Stafford borough.”
SARH has worked with Stafford Borough Council to bring forward the scheme which will help to regenerate the town centre and meet the local housing need.
Tom Harris, a Stafford Borough Councillor for the ward of Forebridge, said: “I congratulate SARH on recognising and acting on the need for homes like this. Demand for this sort of accommodation has never been so high, especially in a town centre location like Foregate, so this is very good news. This site has been empty for years, so it’s great to see it being brought back into use like this.”
Ursula Bennion, Director of Business Development at Housing Plus, said: “We are committed to working in partnership with Stafford and Rural Homes to develop more much needed housing in the area. Due to the financial strains the government’s charge for under occupying is putting on people there is a high demand for smaller properties so this will help people who are affected by the under occupancy charges to have more options to downsize.”
The flats, being constructed by Kier Partnership Homes (KPH), will be built to the Code for Sustainable Homes level 3.
Chris King, Managing Director for KPH, said: “This is very exciting for all the stakeholders who have worked so hard to make this development a reality. Most of all it is very exciting for residents who will benefit from the construction of much needed new apartments and we look forward to working with the local community to make the experience as positive as possible.”
The project has been supported with £900,000 of funding, through KPH, from the Homes and Communities Agency’s Affordable Housing Programme.