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Published by Anonymous for Sanctuary Housing Association in Housing and also in Communities, Local Government

Photo 2 – Happy tenant Lucy Simpson (accompanied by Mum Maxine Simpson), being handed her keys by Sanctuary’s Jane Johnson Photo 2 – Happy tenant Lucy Simpson (accompanied by Mum Maxine Simpson), being handed her keys by Sanctuary’s Jane Johnson

News release

19 December 2013

Happy tenants all set for a happy Christmas

Tenants are now settling in to affordable homes as the first phase of a housing development in Stoke-on-Trent is complete.

The £4 million project is being developed by leading housing and care provider Sanctuary Group in partnership with Stoke-on-Trent City Council, and will see 36 new homes built in North Shelton, all of which are being constructed by national construction specialist Seddon.

The first phase of the development has seen the completion of six houses at Salisbury Avenue, which is providing the area with three bedroom family homes, available as affordable rent. Happy tenants moved in during the first week in December and were handed the keys to their properties by Sanctuary’s Project Manager Jane Johnson and Stoke-City-Council Deputy leader Councillor Paul Shotton.

Jonathan Mullins, Sanctuary’s head of development for the Midlands, said: “It is great to see the first stages of completion on this site, just in time for tenants to settle in to their new homes for Christmas. Once complete, the entire North Shelton development will include a variety of rental properties, providing more affordable living for the residents of Stoke-on-Trent.”

The construction of Salisbury Avenue has also provided benefits to the youngsters of Stoke-on-Trent and the wider community. Four apprentices, a trainee site manager and three work experience pupils from local colleges were able to work and gain invaluable construction skills on-site. In partnership with contractor Seddon, Sanctuary has also made improvement works at North Shelton Community Centre in Rectory Road.

Stoke-City-Council Deputy leader Councillor Paul Shotton said: “It’s wonderful to see the results of this massive investment in the future of the city. This is all about providing quality affordable homes for local people. Good quality housing is the building block for a good life in the city.     

“Working with great partners like Sanctuary we are transforming the city and transforming people’s lives. New homes and a quality environment attract business and generate jobs. This is what the Mandate for Change is all about.”

Seddon business unit manager Ian Calder said: “It’s always good to see tenants moving in and particularly at this time of year as it means these residents can enjoy their first Christmas in their new homes.”

The entire North Shelton development, which is part funded by the Homes and Communities Agency, is expected to be completed early next year.

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Notes to editors:

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 over 95,000 units of accommodation and employs more than 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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