Bowled over by new village homes

19 February 2015

The first residents have moved into our development of 10 new rented homes in the village of Baddesley Ensor, built in partnership with North Warwickshire Borough Council.

Baddesley Ensor

Our £1.2 million new housing scheme is situated behind Baddesley Social Club and regenerates the site of an old bowling green and car park into much-needed affordable housing for local people.  In recognition of its memorable past, the new road is appropriately named Bowling Green Close.

One of the first residents to move in is Anne who grew up in Baddesley and whose family still live in the area.

She said: “I never dreamed I would get one of these new homes. As soon as I walked in through the door I felt like I was at home. I’m so happy to be living in Baddesley – I’m close to my family and I love everything about it. If these new homes had not been built I would still be on the waiting list.”

Representatives from the organisations involved in the project recently visited the finished homes and met some of the people moving in.

Councillor John Winter, portfolio holder for housing at North Warwickshire Borough Council, said: “This development shows the wonderful work that can be achieved when working in partnership to provide much needed affordable housing for the residents of Baddesley Ensor and I hope that the residents will spend many happy years in their new homes.”

The development, which was built for us by Jessup Brothers, comprises six 2 and 3-bed houses and four 2-bed flats. It has been supported with £380,000 of investment grant from the government’s Homes and Communities agency.

Anthony Riley, group director of development & operations at Waterloo, said: “We are delighted that this successful scheme has supported people to stay living local in their community by providing new affordable homes in this rural location.”

Pictured: Cllr Ray Sweet presenting Anne with a bunch of flowers outside her new home, joined by representatives from Waterloo Housing Group, North Warwickshire Borough Council, Jessup Brothers and SP Faizey Architects.

You can view more photos of the development on Flickr.