‘Ribbon-cutting’ event celebrates six new affordable homes for Leominster residents

Excitement was high as a new Stonewater development of six affordable rental homes in Hopyard Close, Leominster was celebrated with a ‘ribbon-cutting’ event this week.

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Leading social housing provider, Stonewater, has worked in partnership with Herefordshire Council and local contractor J Harper & Sons, to build the new £650,000 development which will provide a mixture of one-bedroom flats and two-bedroom semi-detached houses, totalling six new homes. Each of the properties has its own private garden and two allocated parking spaces.

“While the price of private renting continues to soar, the shortage of affordable rental homes has made it difficult for local people to stay in the area where they provide a vital role in supporting local shops, businesses, schools and services,” says Bob Strachan, Stonewater Chief Executive. “These high quality and energy-efficient new homes will enable local people to remain living in the town close to their families and places of work. We are delighted to be handing-over these smart new homes and hope that all our new residents will have many happy years in their new homes.”

The new development site was previously a former car park within an existing housing estate named Barons Cross, located north of Leominster town centre. Residents of Leominster will be given priority for the new affordable homes for rent.

Councillor Patricia Morgan, Herefordshire Council Cabinet member for health and wellbeing, says: “Herefordshire Council is pleased to have been able to support and work with Stonewater to deliver this much needed quality and affordable housing for residents in Leominster.”

All the houses have achieved a Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3 efficiency rating, making them energy-efficient and cheaper to run, and designed to the Lifetime Homes Standard which means they can be adapted to meet residents’ current and future accommodation and accessibility needs. The homes also have Secured by Design certification, a national police crime prevention initiative that uses smart building designs to ensure people’s homes are safe and secure.

The new Hopyard Close development follows Stonewater’s completion last month of two specially adapted shared ownership bungalows in Bodenham, one of which has been purpose-built for disabled living.