bdht builds affordable properties on disused garage site in Catshill
Published by Zoe Guest for Gough Bailey Wright in Housing and also in Local Government
MP Sajid Javid with Jo, Matt and Imogen Spalding
bdht, Bromsgrove’s largest provider of affordable housing, has completed the development of 16 new homes in a private cul-de-sac in Catshill and there are now only four homes left available to buy under the trust’s shared-ownership scheme.
Forge Close, off Cobnall Road in Catshill, is a secluded cul-de-sac within walking distance of the village centre. The brand new development is made up of one-bedroom flats, two and three-bedroom houses and a two-bedroom bungalow and, while nine of the properties have already been rented and three have been sold through the trust’s shared-ownership scheme, there are still four, two-bedroom homes available through bdht’s scheme.
Last week, Bromsgrove MP Sajid Javid visited Forge Close to meet Jo and Matt Spalding and their two-year-old daughter, Imogen, who have bought a three-bedroom, semi-detached, shared-ownership property on the development.
Jo said: “We had been living in rented accommodation for four years, both working full-time and trying to save for a deposit to buy a home of our own, but it was taking such a long time to gather what we needed to secure a mortgage. Then we found out about these new properties being available for shared-ownership and we realised that was the perfect option for us as a family. After visiting the close we knew straight away we wanted to live there and we are absolutely delighted to have a home of our own. To be here as a family for Christmas will be wonderful.”
Bromsgrove MP, Sajid Javid, said: “This is a really secluded development with a good mix of property sizes, making it ideal for first-time buyers and young families alike. It was lovely to meet the Spalding family who both work in Bromsgrove, have family here, and have now managed to buy a lovely family home here too.”
Mike Brown, chief executive at bdht, said: “This land was already owned by bdht and was a disused garage site, so we looked at the best way to develop it to meet the current and very real demand for homes in Bromsgrove. We know that affordable, first-time homes and properties suitable for young families are in very short supply so we were able to design Forge Close around those needs.
“Whilst these 16 properties will make a big difference to the people living there, this is only a small step towards helping local people onto the property ladder. I am pleased we were able to make use of land that we already had available and this is a very positive step, but I am very worried about our ability to help all the Bromsgrove young people that need a home of their own. I fully understand that building new homes is not popular with existing home owners, but young people must be given a chance. Something has to change.”
Built by Bullock Construction, the properties all have modern fitted kitchens and bathrooms, private rear gardens with patio area and shed, and secure parking. For further information or to book a viewing at one of the remaining shared-ownership properties, call Eamon Thompson on 01527 557548, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.bdhthomes.co.uk