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New flats offer flexible living


Published by Liz Reeson for Two Rivers Housing in Housing and also in Communities, Universal Credit

The site of a former bakery just off Stonehouse High Street will be transformed into smart, modern flats that are likely to be popular with young people.

The one-bedroom flats have been designed for flexible modern living and will be ideal for people in their 20s and 30s looking to branch out on their own, rent a home they can afford and not rely on a car for shopping and commuting.

Two Rivers Housing is working with local developers Aqua Construction to build the 11 flats in Orchard Place – just behind the High Street shops and a stone’s throw from the station, with easy access to Stroud, Gloucester, Cheltenham, Birmingham and London.

The flats will be in two three-storey blocks surrounding a communal garden area and all ground floor properties will have their own external space at the back, too. There will be a cycle store for general use.

Clever design has made optimum use of the internal space, future-proofing them to match changing demands. The living space is particularly generous in some of the flats, which gives them the flexibility to be converted to two-bedroom flats in future, if required.

“We have seen a significant demand for one-bedroom properties since the Government cut housing benefit for people with rooms that it regarded as spare,” explained Two Rivers’ Development Manager, Stephen Ingram. “We are therefore responding to this by building flats, but this scheme incorporates some clever design features so they can be adapted if demands and trends change.”

Two Rivers is one of the main providers of affordable homes for rent in Gloucestershire, and it already owns properties in Midland Road in Stonehouse and in Stroud. Its rent is typically at least 20% lower than rents charged by the private sector.

The flats should be ready to receive their first residents before the end of the year.



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