New homes get underway in Sutton Hill
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The HCA’s Helen Wilkes, MP David Wright and Sanctuary’s Project Manager Jim Wright on site at Sutton Hill
28 March, 2013
New homes get underway in Sutton Hill
Sanctuary Group has celebrated the start of construction at its Sutton Hill development in Telford with a site visit for local partners followed by a community drop-in session for local residents to find out more about the new homes being built and the opportunities this will create.
Leading housing and care provider Sanctuary Group is working with construction specialist Seddon to build a total of 49 new homes on five sites near to the Sutton Hill Local Centre as part of the wider regeneration of the area. This will include a mix of apartments, houses, and 2 bungalows for affordable rent as well as one 2-bedroom house and four 3-bedroom houses available to buy on a shared ownership basis.
The scheme, which will cost around £5.5 million, has received investment through the government’s Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and is due to be completed in Spring 2015.
While this development will be providing much needed new homes for the area, this is by no means the only benefit of the scheme.
As a social housing provider, Sanctuary always to aims to create local employment opportunities in the communities it works in, and in partnership with Seddon, will be looking to use local labour, take on new apprentices and offer work experience placements at the Sutton Hill site. The two organisations are also looking to support some local community initiatives, offering manpower, equipment or materials to support a nearby project.
To celebrate the start of construction at the Sutton Hill development, local partners, including Telford MP David Wright and the HCA’s Senior Area Manager for Midlands West Helen Wilkes, joined Sanctuary on Thursday afternoon (27 March) for a walk-about at the site and a closer look at the plans for the 49 new homes.
The party then moved on to the community drop-in session at Sutton Hill Community Centre where local residents also called by to learn more about Sanctuary’s new development.
Many had questions on renting or buying one of these new homes on a shared ownership basis, while others were interested in the employment and training opportunities available through the scheme. Sanctuary also heard from local groups and clubs that wanted help with a community project.
Jonathan Mullins, Sanctuary’s head of development for the Midlands, said: “This development promises to deliver new homes and so much more in Sutton Hill, and I’d like to thank everyone who came along to the site or the community centre to help us celebrate the start of construction. We are now looking forward to seeing the build progress over the next few months and to reporting back on the employment and community benefits generated in the local area through the scheme.”
MP David Wright said: “This welcome investment by Sanctuary is the latest in a series of projects to regenerate Sutton Hill. The work being undertaken fits in well with the Pride in Your Community initiative being undertaken by the council. Sanctuary has a great reputation of working in partnership with communities and I want to thank them for the work they are doing on Sutton Hill.”
Ian Calder, Regional Manager from Seddon, said: “Seddon are excited to be working on the Sutton Hill development and have already recruited a local apprentice as well as offering work experience placements. We are working closely with local schools, colleges and initiatives to offer further opportunities out to the community. As part of our national skills academy for construction status, we have made Sutton Hill an academy site which will mean a big focus on employment and training opportunities through ourselves and our subcontractors via our dedicated project skills coordinator.”
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