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Residents move into their new affordable homes in Gnosall
THE first families are settling into brand new affordable homes built for local people in Gnosall.
The first phase of the £3.3 million affordable housing development, on Lowfield Lane, has been handed over to Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) by development partner Housing Plus and selected contractor Thomas Vale Construction.
“The proudest moment in any new housing development is when the new properties become people’s homes and I’m delighted that we are now in a position to start making that happen,” said Karen Armitage, Chief Executive of SARH.
“We have worked extremely hard with Housing Plus, Thomas Vale, Gnosall Parish Council and the local community to make this much needed development a reality and seeing the fantastic new homes ready to receive their first customers is the best possible reward.”
Of the 30 two to four bedroom homes being built, 13 are now ready for families to move in, of which 11 are for rent and two for shared ownership.
Ursula Bennion, director of business development at Housing Plus, said: “We are delighted to have worked in partnership with Stafford and Rural Homes and Thomas Vale on this development. We are committed to working with our partners to build more affordable homes. This development is a prime example of how joined-up working on a local level can tackle the housing need whilst producing the very highest quality homes.”
One of the first families to move into a new home at the development is Michelle Harris and her daughter Evie, 10, and two sons Jake, 6, and Josh, 5.
“I’ve lived in Gnosall for nine years and it’s great to be able to move my family into a modern new home in a community we know so well. I had previously been living with my parents but there just wasn’t the space I needed for the children, now there is a lovely garden for them to play in and it is a much bigger family home which is wonderful.”
To mark this milestone the delivery partners were joined by representatives from the Parish Council and the Homes and Communities Agency to view the completed homes which have been built on a rural exception site.
Roger Greatrex, Parish Council Chairman, said: “This project is the result of a longstanding partnership between the Gnosall Parish Council, SARH, Housing Plus and Thomas Vale which has resulted in these lovely looking new homes which are a real positive for the village.”
The project, which has been supported with a £770,696 development grant from the Homes and Communities Agency, also includes the recently completed building of five new affordable rented homes and one shared ownership property, on Monks Walk, in Gnosall.
The remaining properties will be handed over later this year.
Glen Schofield, Housing Director at Thomas Vale Construction commented: “Thomas Vale is extremely proud to be handing over these outstanding affordable homes to the customers of Stafford and Rural Homes.
“Throughout the construction of the homes we have worked with local supply chain partners from Gnosall and the wider Stafford area, to ensure the spend has been kept local. We hope the new residents enjoy their homes for many years to come.”