Olympic Opening for WCH Homes
Published by Rachael @ WCH for Worcester Community Housing in Housing
MP Robin Walker and Emma Lewis plant the Olympic garden
MP Robin Walker has officially opened Worcester Community Housing's (WCH) new development on Chedworth Drive in the Warndon area of the city.
All 34 homes on the £4.6 million, Homes and Community Agency (HCA) funded scheme are complete. It is WCH's biggest single batch of new homes and boasts a mix of two, three and four bed houses, two bed bungalows and one and two bed apartments. Twenty-six are for rent and eight for shared ownership.
Robin was joined at the opening by local children from Warndon Primary School and the Lavender Children's Centre. Together they were 'Growing for Gold' and planted a unique garden of Olympic colours. Local residents around the site also came along and enjoyed a family afternoon featuring bouncy castle, giant games and an ice cream van.
WCH Chief Executive Stewart Mountfield said: “We are pleased to be able to mark the handover of our biggest development to date. This is a real landmark for us and highlights our ambitious plans to make a significant contribution to the increase of affordable homes in the City of Worcester and throughout the county. "
Worcester MP Robin Walker added: " There is a well-established high demand for affordable homes in Worcester which is why schemes like this need to be encouraged. I am delighted to be able to officially open Chedworth Drive and applaud WCH's commitment and innovative approach to the development of new homes."
The new homes, constructed by Lovell, have been built to code for Sustainable Homes level four eco-standards which are the highest eco-standards yet to be achieved by WCH. Green features include PV panels which will directly reduce the homes running costs, as well as heating and hot water supplied by air source heat pumps. They have also been built to 'lifetime homes' standards, accommodating the diverse needs of customers as they change over time.
Lovell is also working on another WCH development in Ennerdale Close, Warndon where all 16 homes are due to be handed over by the end of the month. They have also recently completed six homes on Troutbeck Drive in Warndon and are developing 23 two-bed flats for WCH on the site of the former Drakes Drum pub on Tudor Way, Dines Green.
This development brings to 176 the total of new homes built by WCH since they started their development programme in 2009.