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Families celebrate Rural Housing Week with new homes


Published by Lucy Bradwell for The Regenda Group in Housing and also in Communities, Local Government

The official opening of the completed development at Birch Close The official opening of the completed development at Birch Close

Eleven families are celebrating the start of Rural Housing Week by picking up keys to their new homes thanks to a £1.4m development by the Regenda Group.

Regenda’s new development, Birch Close, is in the village of Stalmine, Wyre. It is a development of seven houses and four bungalows which have been rented by local families. In addition, there are five, two and three bedroom houses which are available for purchase through Regenda Homes’ shared ownership scheme.

Bernard Gallagher, Chief Executive of Regenda, said: “We are delighted to be launching this scheme at the start of Rural Housing Week.

“Rural housing remains a key challenge for social landlords but it is one we must tackle head on to ensure we create successful, sustainable, rural neighbourhoods that have a long term future.”

Affordable housing is desperately needed in rural areas across the North West as the average house price can be eight times higher than the average regional income, according to figures from the National Housing Federation.  To raise awareness of the problem the NHF is holding a Rural Housing Week this week (January 27 to February).

New tenants Andrea Gresty and her two children Abbie (9), and Jayden (5) were one of the first families to move in to the new development.

Andrea said: “We were absolutely delighted to get the property.  Before this we rented privately in Hambleton and we’ve had to move three times recently.  We didn’t have any stability but we’ve got a much more secure future now.”

She added: “The kids are really excited.  They’re looking forward to making new friends and getting to know their new neighbourhood.

 “I’ve lived in the village for 30 years and my parents, who give me a lot of help, are local, so I really needed to be able to stay in this area.  It feels as if our future starts today.”

Garry Payne, Chief Executive at Wyre Council added: “This is a fantastic scheme, providing homes for local people.  The design of the houses and the materials which have been used reflect the local area.  We have a strong partnership with Regenda which is delivering good quality schemes in both rural and urban areas.”

The £1.4 million development in Birch Close was part funded by a grant of £860,000 from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA). All of the homes meet the Secure by Design standard; are energy and water efficient; produce fewer carbon emissions; are economical to run and are built to the Code for Sustainable Homes level 3 standard.

The shared ownership scheme offers homes for sale on a ‘part buy / part rent’ basis and is designed to help people gain a foothold on the property ladder.  The two bedroom houses in Birch Close are prices at £135,000 and the three bedroom houses are £150,000.  To find out more about shared ownership contact our sales officers on 0344 736 0063, email or visit


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