30 January 2017
Building work starts today at a site that Worcester City Council recently sold in order to provide more affordable housing in the city.
Work is beginning on the building of 38 quality affordable homes in Ambrose Close. The homes will be a mix of one, two, three and four bedroom flats and houses. Twelve of the properties will be sold as shared ownership, to help local people gain a foot on the housing ladder.
The City Council committed £1.2m in 2013 to help deliver more affordable housing in Worcester. Following a competitive tender exercise, it sold unused land at Ambrose Close to Waterloo Housing Association (part of Waterloo Housing Group), which will build, own and manage the homes.
On Friday 20 January, the Mayor of Worcester, Cllr Paul Denham, was on site to cut the first sod. He was joined by Cllr Roger Berry, Cabinet Member for Housing and Heritage at the City Council.
“I am proud to see this happening as there is such a critical shortage of homes at affordable rents in the City. I just hope the Government’s Housing White Paper will help rather than prevent Councils from providing new homes," said Cllr Berry.
The new housing will be available to local people who are currently registered on the City Council’s HomeChoice Plus housing register.
Waterloo Housing Association also bought a second piece of land from the City Council, off Tintern Avenue. Building for this scheme has also started, providing eight new homes, four of which will be much sought-after bungalows.
The Government owned Homes and Communities Agency provided over £987,000 in funding towards the two housing schemes to contribute towards national house building targets for affordable homes.
Clive Jessup Managing Director of Jessup Brothers who are building these new homes said:
“We are delighted to be commencing the construction of these affordable homes with our partners Waterloo housing. The start on site is a celebration of the private sector working in collaboration with Worcester City council to deliver homes for the people of Worcester.”
Anthony Riley, Waterloo Housing Group Director of Development and Operations added:
“We are absolutely delighted to be working in Worcester with support from our partners at the City Council and Homes and Communities Agency to be providing these affordable homes for local people.”