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Important step for Midlands housing programme

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Published by awalsh for Sanctuary Housing Association in Housing

Cllr Gill Williams, Sanctuary Project Manager Jane Johnson, resident Jody Keegans, Seddon Business Unit Manager Ian Calder and Cllr Joan Winfield.  Cllr Gill Williams, Sanctuary Project Manager Jane Johnson, resident Jody Keegans, Seddon Business Unit Manager Ian Calder and Cllr Joan Winfield.

A £60 million project to create new properties, jobs and training opportunities, has taken a significant step forward with the official opening of the programme’s first homes.  

The exciting development programme, which will lead to around 700 new homes being built in the Midlands and the creation of more than 30 apprenticeships, is being carried out by leading housing and care provider Sanctuary Group in partnership with contractor Seddon Construction.

The first homes in the programme have now been completed and new residents, Newcastle-Under-Lyme Borough councillors and those involved in the project celebrated the achievement during a special gathering at the Newcastle-Under-Lyme site. 

The development of four apartments and a bungalow in Mile Court has already led to the recruitment by Seddon of young apprentice Ryan Dooley who will now work on other projects in the programme.

The Government’s Homes and Communities Agency is part funding the project through their Affordable Homes Programme and Sanctuary is already working on a new development in Ashby-De-La-Zouch. 

Jonathan Mullins, Sanctuary’s head of development for the Midlands, said: “This is the first phase of a much bigger project which aims to not only provide high quality affordable housing for the Midlands but also help young people find new jobs in the building trade and get the valuable onsite training they need.”

Seddon Construction director Nicola Hodkinson said: “Our team is proud to have completed the first development built as part of this major new-build housing programme which is delivering important work and training opportunities in communities alongside much-needed new affordable homes.”

Andy Spencer, area manager for the HCA, Midlands, said: “It is great to see work progressing to deliver more new affordable homes across the Midlands and the Sanctuary Group and Seddon Construction are demonstrating this delivery through their partnership at Mile Court in Newcastle-Under-Lyme.

“Combining the delivery of new homes with employment and training opportunities brings added benefits for communities and local economies, and we are pleased to be supporting this work.”

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