Three affordable housing schemes completed
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Development
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Cottsway Housing Association has completed three affordable housing developments.
Properties ranging from one-bed apartments to four-bed houses have been built and already hailed for the wide mix of residents they have attracted.
The three developments – costing just under £4 million in total – were made possible due to a partnership between Cottsway, West Oxfordshire District Council and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).
The HCA invested £376,500 into the projects.
Eight apartments for affordable rent have been developed at Wyttanige Court, Burford Road, Witney, and a further four homes ranging in size at Longore, Stonesfield.
Paul Hemming, Cottsway’s development manager, said one of the most exciting development projects to complete is the Falkland Close scheme in Burford.
“This site was classed as a rural exception site – one that was granted planning permission on the basis it would provide long-term affordable housing for local people,” he said.
“Over an eight year period, and through very close partnership working with Burford Town Council, it has won the support of local people and we have now developed new homes for them.
“Our customers are at the heart of everything we do and we recognise a major need for affordable properties for people who live and work in the town. All the properties have been let to people with a local connection.
“The town council began looking for affordable housing sites eight years ago and we were instrumental in helping them to find the scheme, develop it and provide valuable accommodation for a mix of local people.”
Construction work to provide 13 affordable rent properties, ranging from one to four-bedrooms, as well as two for shared ownership, began on the Falkland Close site in autumn 2012.
The £2.3 million scheme was completed at the end of May.
Owen Ingram, chief executive of Cottsway, added: “We know that these three developments have helped local people access high quality, affordable homes. We have been pleased to work with West Oxfordshire District Council and Burford Town Council to meet the housing need in this area.
“Cottsway is committed to quality development. The properties have been built to a high standard and we are confident that the residents will be very happy in their new homes for years to come.”
As part of its commitment to development, Cottsway is delighted to support the National Housing Federation’s Yes to Homes campaign.