Return to sender: Raglan's 51 homes on former sorting office site
Published by Brian Church for 24dash.com in Housing
A new development of 51 homes has been officially opened by Raglan Housing in Weston-super-Mare on a disused industrial site which once housed a Royal Mail sorting office.
Raglan Housing worked with North Somerset Council and contractors Haskins Builders to deliver the £7.3 million scheme of homes for affordable rent on Langford Road. The new development provides a mix of 21 two-bedroom houses, 14 three-bedroom houses, four four-bedroom large family homes and 12 two-bedroom flats.
All the properties have been let via choice based lettings under a local lettings plan agreed between Raglan and North Somerset Council with weekly rents ranging from £96 to £142.
Raglan chief executive Nicholas Harris said: "This is a fantastic new development which is not only providing much-needed affordable housing for local people in the community but breathing new life into a previously neglected area of the town."
The scheme received a £1.2 million grant from the Homes and Communities Agency which funded the construction of 39 homes; a further 12 properties were financed by a £570,000 grant from North Somerset Council.
All the homes have been built to the Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3.
To mark the official opening of the new homes, Raglan installed a large brick flower pot designed by project architect Nigel Gittins in tribute to The Royal Pottery, a Victorian brick and tile manufacturer which used to be in the vicinity of the new housing development. Established in 1836, the pottery manufactured between 20,000 and 30,000 terracotta pots weekly which were sold to places such as Hampton Court Palace and Kew Gardens and exported abroad.
Raglan owns and manages over 341 properties in North Somerset and 12,000 homes in 95 local authority areas across the South East, South West, Midlands and East of England
Photo: A commemorative terracotta pot designed by architect Nigel Gittins with, from left to right, Graham Haskins, director, Haskins Builders; Cllr James Clayton, North Somerset Council and James Bradbury, Raglan business development manager.