Home Group turns derelict pub site into homes
Published by M Parker for Home Group in Housing and also in Communities
Darren Blake, Home Group head of development, Cllr Roger Conroy, Home group Customers Darren Gardner, Clair Davis-Gardner and daughter Mollie with Kimberley Knighton, Home Group customer service partner.
AN AFFORDABLE housing provider has regenerated a former pub site which had been plagued with arson and vandalism.
Home Group has built 15 new homes on the site of a former pub in Northampton which had lain abandoned for almost 10 years.
The site of the Morris Man pub in the Kings Heath area now plays host to 11 new houses and four flats which will be used by local people.
Work began last year on a project to provide the new homes for people on social housing waiting lists. Home Group, one of the UK’s largest affordable housing providers, contracted Kaby Developments to carry out the construction of the £790,000 development.
The 15 homes have now been handed over and in the next few days customers will begin to move into the development.
Among those looking forward to moving in is Clair Davis Gardner, her three children and husband Darren. Clair, 28, said: “We had been living in a two bedroom flat which just wasn’t suitable for our growing family.
“To have a house is a dream come true. Having three bedrooms will mean we’re not overcrowded anymore. This affordable housing will make a huge difference to our quality of life.”
To mark the handover representatives from Home Group, Kaby Developments and Northampton Borough Council planted a tree in a communal area.
Darren Blake, Home Group head of development, said: “We’re delighted that work on these homes has been completed and that very soon people in need of affordable housing in the area will have modern energy efficient homes to move into.
“As a not for profit housing provider we’re not only interested in building new homes but creating thriving communities. By building on this derelict brown field site we’ve been able to regenerate the area. The design of the homes should also help to encourage a community feel among the customers.”
The homes have been welcomed by local councillor Roger Conroy. He said: “I’m very impressed with the quality of the homes here. The development is very welcome as it has regenerated a patch of land which had become a magnet for fly tippers and vandalism.
“We need more affordable social housing in Northampton and they need to be high quality developments such as this. I’m sure all the future residents will enjoy living here.”
Trevor Kaby, Kaby Developments managing director said: “It has been very satisfying to work in conjunction with Home Group to turn a derelict abandoned pub site into a pleasant affordable development for the local community".
The development has seen a selection of one, two and three bedroom homes built on the site. All homes meet Level 3 of the Code for Sustainable Homes meaning they benefit from high levels of insulation and other energy saving measures such as efficient boilers.