King's lodge development - first tenants
Published by Liz Reeson for Two Rivers Housing in Housing
Five Two Rivers Housing families are the first to move into the new King’s Lodge development in Cinderford, which sees 92 stunning homes replace an unsightly abattoir building.
The five families, who are all from the Forest of Dean area, were delighted with their new energy-efficient homes and were keen to move in after collecting the keys on Friday.
“I’m over the moon! This is such a dramatic change from where we lived before,” said Kevin Kirby, who previously lived in a two bedroom privately-rented house in Cinderford, with his wife, Clare and three children. “Our new three bedroom house will give us so much more space in a much better location.”
They are just the first of 37 local families to move into the affordable rent and shared ownership homes provided by Two Rivers Housing within the development, situated off Valley Road.
Mr and Mrs Kirby’s new home also has a turfed garden for their three boys, Daniel (6), Joshua (9) and Jacob (10) to play in. “It will be so much safer for the boys,” said Mrs Kirby “the home we were previously in was right next to the main road and there was no space for them to play.”
Neighbourhood Housing Advisor, Clive Wilce welcomed the five tenants to their new homes. “Handing over the keys to tenants is one of the best parts of the job.” he said, “These are lovely, bright properties and the new tenants are thrilled to be moving into them.”
Kier Partnership Homes and Two Rivers Housing were selected in October 2011 to build the King’s Lodge properties that range from one bedroom apartments to four bedroom family homes.
Matt Hunt, Director of Development and Asset Management at Two Rivers Housing, said: “The new development is a fantastic example of regeneration and what can be achieved through good partnership working. This provides much-needed homes at a high standard of living for local people. The homes are energy-efficient, built to the Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 standard, meaning tenants are saving money on their fuel bills.”
The £20 million housing investment project is the result of partnership working between the Forest of Dean District Council, Two Rivers Housing, along with the Homes and Communities Agency and developers Kier Partnership Homes. This is the fist major step in the regeneration of Cinderford.
Cllr Graham Morgan, Chair of the Cinderford Regeneration Board said: “I am really pleased to hear that families are already moving into the King’s Lodge development in Valley Road. Having attended the launch ceremony and taken a look inside the show rooms, I have been seriously impressed by the quality of these new homes. On behalf of the Cinderford Regeneration Board I would like to wish everyone well as they move in and offer a warm welcome to Cinderford.”