The wait is nearly over for the families set to move into our latest affordable homes development.
Thirty-nine families attended a tenancy workshop last week ahead of them starting their tenancies next week. They’ll be moving into the 39 new homes the housing association has built in Coalpit Heath in a £5m development, which forms part of our plans to build 130 new homes this year.
Friday’s event was a chance to learn about the features of their new homes, meet their neighbours and ask any questions.
Lettings Assistant Lorna Sherwood said: “The homes are ready and waiting for everyone to move into. We’ll be handed the properties this week and can then give everyone the keys to their new homes.
“We want to create communities, not just build homes, and this was a great opportunity to bring everyone together, so they could start building friendships before they move in. It was great to see everyone chatting with their new neighbours and getting along so well. Hopefully everyone will be very happy in their new homes.”
Siobhan Crotty is looking forward to moving into one of the new flats with her son.
“It’s a nice village and the schools have a good reputation as well,” she said. “They’re lovely homes, I was so chuffed to get one. It feels like it’s been a long time, but I can’t wait now.”
Dawn Casey was living in one of the homes that have been knocked down to make way for the new homes is moving back. “I think they have done a good job; the new homes look lovely,” she said.
Development Manager Noreen Twomey said: “This has been our biggest single development to date, but we’re not finished building new homes in Coalpit Heath. We’re looking forward to getting started on the next phase of our project to build 72 new homes in Coalpit Heath and Iron Acton and should be starting later this year.”
The 39 new homes have replaced 18 former non-traditional properties and a rank of garages spread across two sites in the village. The development, which was part funded by the Homes and Communities Agency, is a mix of one and two bedroom flats, two and three bedroom houses, and a two bedroom bungalow.
We're increasing its homebuilding programme and aim to be building 300 new homes every year by 2019. We're currently onsite building more than 200 homes in South Gloucestershire, Bristol and Bath and North East Somerset and have more in the pipeline.