480 Wiltshire homes transferred to Sovereign
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities
Almost 500 homes across Wiltshire have been transferred to Sovereign Housing Association.
The 480 properties - formerly owned by Western Challenge Housing Association, part of the Spectrum Housing Group - include 215 homes for social rent, 171 for older residents and 91 leasehold houses.
Sovereign already runs 2,600 properties across Wiltshire and has plans to develop more.
The transfer of the homes follows a formal six-week consultation, during which residents received information about how the transfer would affect them and had the opportunity to attend face-to-face events where they could discuss their concerns.
Sovereign - which manages over 34,000 homes across England - has acquired 1,580 homes though stock transfer agreements during 2012, while transferring out 677 to other providers. It has also taken on the management of another 285.
Heather Bowman, Sovereign’s director of housing and communities, said: “We believe this move will result in enhanced levels of customer service.
“Given the number of homes we have in this area and the fact we have a well-established presence here, we can deliver a quicker and more cost-effective service to our new residents.
“Furthermore, residents can feel part of a larger community, get involved and have a say about the services they receive."
Stuart Davies, neighbourhood services director at Spectrum Housing Group, added: “One of our key strategies is about delivering high quality services to customers and neighbourhoods, so when we decided that we needed to consolidate our areas of operation we were looking for a housing association that could deliver an excellent service.
"With Sovereign’s experience and track record, we have every confidence that they will deliver this expectation.
“We would like to take this opportunity to thank our residents affected by the transfer for their understanding and support and wish them well for the future.”