HA snaps up former RAF homes in 'unusual' sale
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Development
Social landlord Aspire Housing has bought 54 former RAF married quarters which it plans to transform into affordable homes.
The Newcastle-under-Lyme-based housing provider purchased the homes, which are all two-bed houses, in Beaconside, Stafford from Annington Homes. They are located opposite the town’s former RAF station which now operates as an MOD base.
Sinéad Butters, Aspire Group chief executive, said: “It is very unusual for large groups of properties to come to market in this way, so this is a great starting point to establish our presence in the town.
“The refurbishment and maintenance work will create a variety of training and learning opportunities, so we will be helping young people from Stafford into jobs.”
Stafford Borough Council's cabinet member for planning and regeneration, cllr Frances Beatty, added: “It is great to hear that the properties will be having major refurbishment before coming on to the rental market and good news for many local families looking for suitable homes.”
All of the Aspire homes will be refurbished and offered for affordable rent under the Homes and Communities Agency’s affordable homes programme. The refurbishment will bring the homes up to the required standard for affordable housing and will include renewal of kitchens, bathrooms, doors and roofing.