NCHA’s Ruby Court opens its doors
Published by Rebecca Miller for Nottingham Community Housing Association Ltd in Housing and also in Communities
Mike Andrews, Chief Executive for NCHA and Richard Cornes, Partnerships Director for William Davis along with project partners plant a commemorative Christmas tree.
There are now eight new homes in Southwell, Nottinghamshire, thanks to the efforts of Nottingham Community Housing Association (NCHA), builder and developer William Davis Ltd, and Newark and Sherwood District Council.
Southwell is a popular town, and affordable rural housing in the area is in short supply. These new homes, each of which has two bedrooms, are for local people. There are five available at affordable rents, and three others are for sale on a shared ownership basis.
The development has been named Ruby Court, in recognition of the fact that 2013 is the 40th anniversary of NCHA being set up to provide homes for people in need. To officially open the development, project partners gathered on site to unveil the Ruby Court sign and plant a festive Christmas tree before taking a tour of one of the new properties.
“We’re really thrilled that people can move into these new NCHA homes in our anniversary year. Affordable rural housing is very much in demand, and this site in Southwell is the perfect place for people with a connection to the area to set up home,” said Mike Andrews, Chief Executive of NCHA.
Stephen Fisher, business development manager at William Davis, added: “We are pleased to have completed work on these new affordable homes for Southwell, which have been designed and built with cottage-style appearances to complement others within the locale. We are also proud that this scheme not only serves as an example of our expertise within the specialist area of rural affordable housing but that it has also been completed in a milestone year for NCHA, with whom we have a longstanding working relationship that has delivered quality homes throughout the East Midlands over many years.”
Adjacent a conservation area, the homes have been built to meet sustainability standards including high-grade insulation and rain water harvesting. The development has cost £1 million.
Anyone interested in applying to rent or buy one of the properties should contact NCHA. Call 0845 650 1204 if you’re interested in shared ownership, or 0800 013 8555 / 0115 8443150 for information about renting a property. Shared ownership is an affordable way to buy your own home. You buy a share that you can afford, between 25% and 75%, and pay a subsidised rent on the remainder. Rents on properties at Ruby Court are from £109.28 per week, and prices to buy a 50% share start at £82,000. Applicants for Ruby Court must have a connection to Southwell or the surrounding villages.