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Future residents get a first glimpse of their new homes

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Published by Anonymous for Sanctuary Housing Association in Housing and also in Care and Support, Local Government

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It was smiles all round as future residents of a new housing development in Stoke-on-Trent were invited along to the construction site to see the progress being made on their new homes.

Leading housing and care provider Sanctuary Group is developing the Mill Hill site in the Tunstall district of Stoke-on-Trent to create a mix of family homes and apartments for adults with learning difficulties. The £2.9 million scheme, being built by Sanctuary Group’s construction partner Seddon, will include 10 two and three-bedroom houses in Carlton Avenue, with investment from the Homes and Communities Agency, as well as 11 self-contained apartments in nearby High Lane, with £1.3 million in grant-funding from the Department of Health.

The apartments, which also include communal and staff facilities, are due to be completed early next year while the family houses, to be made available on an affordable rental basis, will complete this autumn.

The apartments form part of a larger programme Sanctuary Group is developing in Stoke-on-Trent and the surrounding area in partnership with Stoke-on-Trent City Council. With £5.6 million of funding from the Department of Health, the NHS Campus scheme is set to provide 48 units in total across Staffordshire.

Local councillors joined Sanctuary Group and Seddon for a tour of the Mill Hill housing development on Monday (23 June) along with Stanley Weston and Craig Allen, two future residents at the scheme.

Yvonne Tucker, project manager at Sanctuary Group, said: “Construction is progressing well on both the houses and the apartments, and we were delighted to host a tour of the site to showcase these new properties. Stanley and Craig were certainly very interested to see their new homes being built and we look forward to welcoming them back as they move into their completed apartments next spring.”

Councillor Joy Garner, the city council’s cabinet member for housing, neighbourhoods and community safety, said: “I’m really pleased that this housing development is beginning to take shape on the former Mill Hill site, which was in need of redevelopment. This is a very positive use of the land and it will make a real difference to the lives of residents with learning disabilities.

“The city council fully supports policies which help all people to live independent, healthy lives in the community wherever possible, and these new homes will do exactly that while also providing round-the-clock care and supervision for residents who need it.

“Developments like this are a great example of what can be achieved through effective partnership working and a shared focus on improving people’s lives.”

Ian Calder, regional manager from Seddon, added: “We are delighted with the progress on this scheme and it was really nice to show some of the future residents around what will be their new homes and neighbourhood.”

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