Nine new affordable homes bring Christmas cheer to Ruddington residents
Representatives from Rushcliffe Borough Council and leading UK housing provider Stonewater, gathered this week for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the official opening of the first nine affordable homes for rent within the Bellway Homes’ Wheatley Fields housing development in Pasture Lane, Ruddington.
The attractive new homes, which have been traditionally designed in keeping with the village’s classic rural charm, include a mix of nine affordable one- and two-bedroom maisonettes and one-bedroom apartments for rent.
The properties which are within easy reach of Nottingham, are part of a community of 30 affordable homes being built by Stonewater within the 102-property Wheatley Fields development on the edge of the village. Stonewater is currently building a further 21 homes which include nine for rent and 12 for shared ownership which are due for completion in two clusters; the first in March 2016 and the second in June 2017.
The new affordable homes will be allocated by the Council, giving priority to local people who were born or live in the Borough of Rushcliffe. Each property will be built to the Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3 energy-efficiency rating which will help to keep the residents’ carbon emissions and energy bills to a minimum.
“We’re thrilled to be handing over these much-needed affordable homes in time for Christmas. We hope they will help many local residents and families who are finding it near impossible to afford the high cost of housing in the village and local surroundings,” says
Stonewater Regional Development Manager Alison Day. “Many people cannot afford the financial demands of housing for sale or rent on the open market. Our affordable scheme at Wheatley Fields will provide local people with high-quality, energy-efficient homes that are within their budget, enabling them to stay living close to their friends, relatives and places of work. We are looking forward to continuing to work with the Council and Bellway Homes to deliver the remaining 21 homes over the next 18 months and building more communities like this where they are most needed in the Borough.”
Alongside the new homes there is an open recreation area, including a playground for children, which will be built during the final stages of the scheme. The homes, which are being constructed on a greenfield site formerly used as farmland, are all located within easy walking distance to the village, public transport links and local schools, shops and amenities.
Cllr Richard Butler, Rushcliffe Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Sustainability, says: “We are very pleased to see the completion of the affordable units on the first phase of this new development, which is making an important contribution to meeting local housing needs in the Borough, where there can be issues surrounding affordability. We look forward to the next couple of years when the remaining units will be finished, offering our residents the chance to remain living in the Borough, where they might not ordinarily have been able to afford to do so.”