18 October 2016
Waterloo Housing Group’s new development of affordable homes has been officially opened at Cooks Lane in Kingshurst.
The £2.7million development comprises 27 flats for affordable rent, and was built in partnership with Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council and developer Westleigh. It attracted £750,000 funding from the Homes and Communities Agency.
The development was officially opened by Councillor Ken Hawkins (Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Environment, Housing & Regeneration) who said:
“Solihull Council is committed to providing homes for those on the housing register in need of somewhere to affordably rent. We would like to thank our partners, Waterloo Housing Association, the Homes and Communities Agency and Westleigh for their continued commitment to invest in affordable housing in Solihull. I would also like to wish all the new residents much happiness and success in their new homes”.
Waterloo Housing Association Board Member Steve Dyson said:
“We would like to thank Solihull Borough Council and the Homes and Communities Agency for their support for this scheme and our other work in the Borough, and to Westleigh for building these quality homes which are built to be as efficient as possible and reduce running costs for our customers.”
Gino Siani, Head of New Business in the West Midlands for Westleigh, said:
“We are thrilled to be providing these much-needed affordable homes, which will go some way towards meeting the demand here in Solihull.
“Our regional office for the West Midlands is in the Solihull area so we have a strong connection with the town and are delighted to be making this investment in its future.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our project partners, Waterloo Housing Association and Solihull Borough Council.”
New resident Ms Hurdman commented:
"I love the layout of the new flat and its location. Best of all I can't hear any noise in my flat and my electricity bills have halved compared to where I used to live".
All flats in the scheme carry an energy performance (EPC) rating of B – which is two higher than the average UK home, and is intended not only to help the environment but also save residents money on heating bills due to efficient insulation and heating systems. The scheme also has a full Secured by Design accreditation and a video door entry system to allow residents to feel safe and secure in their new homes.