Transformed homes in Ashby available for shared ownership sale
Published by Anonymous for Sanctuary Housing Association in Housing and also in Communities, Environment, Local Government
Flats transformed to provide affordable homes in Ashby-de-la-Zouch
As part of a £2.4 million housing project by Sanctuary Group, an estate in Ashby De La Zouch has undergone a noticeable transformation.
The leading housing and care provider has developed 12 new apartments and 14 houses in Malvern Crescent, replacing two blocks of empty flats which were demolished last year.
The original dwellings, built in the 1980s, were made up of one bedroom flats and bedsits, and dated in their appearance, were difficult to let.
The new development has completely transformed the land, with the new energy efficient homes aesthetically designed in a style that gives a rural village feel to the area.
The transformation is also providing the area with a good selection of affordable housing options. In addition to the rental properties, there are four houses that are available for shared ownership.
The homes are proving to be a great success, with one of the detached shared ownership houses being reserved from planning and the majority of the rental properties already occupied. One new Malvern Crescent resident described the new development as “brilliant.” She said: “I’ve never been in a house that keeps so warm. The move into our house has made us happier than ever.”
Jonathan Mullins, Sanctuary’s head of development for the Midlands said: “Malvern Crescent is a great example of transformation and a positive way to redevelop the land. Sanctuary is dedicated to providing housing to the people who need it most and this development is no different. These homes, which are available as rental and shared ownership, will provide more affordable living for the residents of Ashby De La Zouch.”
Malvern Crescent has been developed in partnership with the Homes and Communities Agency and North West Leicestershire District Council.
Lindsey Richards, Head of Area at the HCA, said: “Ensuring that good quality affordable housing is available for people where they want to live is an important priority for us, so we are pleased to have supported the fantastic redevelopment at Malvern Crescent, which will no doubt make a real difference to the local community.”
David Hughes, North West Leicestershire District Council’s head of regeneration and planning, said: “We welcome this development because it provides much needed, high quality housing. The area looks much better and the scheme means more affordable housing in Ashby. It’s an excellent example of how a little imagination can improve a whole community.”
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Notes to editors:
1) Picture caption :
Photo 1 - Original Malvern Crescent flats pre demolition
Photo 2 - New homes at Malvern Crescent
2) Newton Fallowell estate agents (Tel: 01530 688014) are currently marketing these new homes, with prices ranging from £125,000 for a semi-detached (£62,500 for 50% shared ownership) and £130,000 for a detached property (£65,000 for shared ownership), each with on plot or designated parking.
3) Established in 1969, Sanctuary Group is responsible for the provision of social housing, care and management services across England and Scotland. It owns or operates almost 94,000 units of accommodation and employs nearly 10,000 people.
The Group operates under a not for profit umbrella, with surpluses reinvested into the provision of affordable housing, the maintenance of existing properties, and the development of new services for customers.
Sanctuary is an Industrial and Provident Society, an exempt charity under the Charities Act 1993 and is regulated by the Homes and Communities Agency.
For more information, please contact Sophia Wolsey, PR & Events Coordinator - development on 01905 335318, or Julie Wedgbury, PR Officer – development on 01905 334693.
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