Warm reception for new homes in Weston-on-the-Green
Published by Anonymous for Sanctuary Housing Association in Housing and also in Communities, Local Government
Newly completed homes at Weston-on-the-Green
Nine new homes in Weston-on-the-Green are getting a warm reception – in more ways than one!
The new homes developed by Sanctuary Group at the rural exception site at Gallosbrook will provide much needed affordable housing for the Oxfordshire village, and so have been warmly welcomed by the local community.
The traditional properties have an energy efficient design and have wood-burners fitted, a feature that will also ensure a warm winter for all those moving in to these new homes.
Construction at the £1.4 million scheme started in March last year following consultation with the Duchy of Cornwall and close liaison with the parish council and Cherwell District Council. The development has been built by Sanctuary’s contractor Leadbitter, a Bouygues UK company, with investment from the Homes and Communities Agency under the Affordable Homes Programme 2011-15.
The new homes include two bungalows, two apartments and two houses for rent as well as three houses available on a shared ownership basis. Two of the new homes are built on land formerly owned by The Duchy of Cornwall and Sanctuary Group worked with the Duchy to ensure each property is designed to complement its rural setting.
Jonathan Mullins, Sanctuary Group’s head of development for the area, said: “We are proud to have created these new homes in Weston-on-the-Green and would like to thank the Duchy of Cornwall and our partners for their support throughout the process.
“Our aim was to build a mix of affordable new homes, sympathetically designed to fit comfortably alongside existing village architecture, and this is exactly what we have delivered. We hope that those moving in will enjoy their new homes and all that this rural community has to offer.”
Cllr Debbie Pickford, Cherwell District Council’s lead member for housing, said, “Cherwell District Council has once again worked with Sanctuary Group and Oxfordshire Rural Community Council to enable these much-needed rural affordable homes. The council was instrumental in securing funding from the Homes and Communities Agency and transferred some of its land to Sanctuary Group to allow this scheme to get underway. I wish the new occupants well as they move into their new homes.”
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