The Wrekin Housing Group has announced the start of construction work on 38 new affordable homes in Shropshire.
The social landlord, one of the West Midlands’ largest, has partnered with local residential builders Living Spaces to deliver the 2.1-acre residential scheme on brownfield land off Park Road in Telford.
All 38 of the homes will be available for affordable rent and are expected to be ready to welcome their first residents by the end of 2021.
Matt Beckley, development manager for The Wrekin Housing Group, said: “There is a real need for affordable, quality new homes. This scheme will be very well received because of its convenient location, great transport links and range of local amenities.
“We are very pleased to be working with Living Space and look forward to being able to hand the keys over to our new residents.”
The Solihull-based Living Space obtained full planning consent for the project earlier this year and will be fully responsible for its delivery, signing a contract worth over £6 million.
The development will be made up of a mix of one-bedroom maisonettes, two- and three- bedroom houses and two- and three-bedroom bungalows. Six of the homes will be purpose built for disabled residents, while all 38 homes will have designated parking spaces.
Living Space is currently delivering three other developments for housing associations across the West Midlands.
Those three developments are 26 homes in Telford for Accord Housing Association; 51 homes for Stonewater near Malvern, Herefordshire; and 48 homes for Stonewater in Kidderminster, Worcestershire.
Steve Davies, managing director of Living Space Housing, said the company is pleased to now be underway with the Park Road construction programme.
Davies said: “We have a very skilled team working on this project and are thankful for all the support we have received from The Wrekin Housing Group. We hope this will be the first of many schemes that we can partner on together, in order to help meet local housing needs.
“While so much new housing and investment has been stalled due to the impact of COVID-19, we are working in accordance with our robust Safe Operating Procedure, which is keeping everyone safe across our development portfolio during this unprecedented year.”
The Wrekin Housing Group provides over 13,000 homes for affordable rent and low-cost home ownership across Shropshire, Staffordshire, and Telford & Wrekin. It also provides a range of care solutions such as supported housing.
The housing association was established in 1999 as the result of a stock transfer from Telford and Wrekin Council.