Residents in seventh heaven as housing scheme completes
Published by Matt Critchley for Severnside Housing in Housing and also in Communities
Mayor of Shrewsbury Cllr Jon Tandy cuts the ribbon with Severnside's Chief Exec Sarah Boden
A special ceremony was held last week to mark the completion of seven new affordable homes in Bicton Heath, Shrewsbury.
The Mayor of Shrewsbury, Councillor Jon Tandy, cut a ribbon to mark the handover over of the homes at Fenton Close and Shelton Gardens.
The Severnside Housing development has been part-funded by the Homes and Communities Agency. It consists of a mix of three-bedroom houses and two-bedroom bungalows which will now be offered for affordable rent. This means rent set at 80 per cent of their market value.
The bungalows are wheelchair friendly and all the homes have been constructed to the national “eco” standard Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3 and include benefits such as high levels of thermal and sound insulation, supplemental solar thermal hot water and energy efficient windows.
Sepp Sargeant, head of investment services at Severnside Housing, said:
“These dwellings, built on a former garage site and scrub land, are a very welcome addition to Severnside’s housing stock to help meet the high affordable housing demand in Shrewsbury.
“We are delighted to have been able to add to our growing development work, and wish to thank all our partners for their support in making this scheme happen.”
The Mayor of Shrewsbury, Councillor Jon Tandy was impressed with the high quality of the homes. He said: “What do I need to do to live here? They are wonderful!”
Severnside Housing acquired the Fenton Close land from Shrewsbury Town Council under an option agreement secured four years ago to develop homes for rent.
The Shelton Gardens land was already in Severnside’s ownership and was formerly scrub land adjacent to four existing garages.
The homes were designed by local Architects Munro Associates in partnership with Quantity Surveyors Derek Evans Partnership and Severnside Housing. The properties were constructed by local contractor S.J. Roberts Construction Ltd.
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