MP lends a hand at new housing project in Pershore
West Worcestershire MP, Harriett Baldwin stopped off in Pershore last week to help cement work on a new affordable housing development in the town centre.
The project will see eight two-bedroom houses built on the site of the former S.W. Antiques shop and warehouse which closed in 2012. Work began in spring 2014 with demolition and clearance of the site and now with the houses well on their way to completion in June this year.
Ian Hughes, Group Chief Executive at Rooftop Housing Group said: “With the average house price in Wychavon around £234,000 and the average rental price in the private sector of £730 per month, the demand for social housing is ever-increasing. This is why we need to be imaginative in our developments and responsive to opportunities that may present themselves.
“This development will make a real difference to the lives of the incoming residents and will help to regenerate the local area and stimulate the local economy. We are delighted that Harriett was able to see at first hand some of the valuable work that we are doing and the high quality of construction that can be achieved in the social housing sector.”
Harriett commented: “Pershore is a wonderful place to live and it is great to see a brownfield site being converted into new affordable homes. The houses are all being built to a high spec and feature measures to make them as energy efficient as possible.
“Rooftop Housing is doing a fine job helping get people into affordable housing and I look forward to seeing this latest development getting finished very soon.”
The development is being carried out by Malvern-based Speller Metcalfe, with whom Rooftop has completed a number of successful housing projects. Rooftop currently five new developments underway in Pershore and the accommodation is being let through Wychavon District Council.
The new houses are being built to Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 which means they are at least 44% more energy efficient than a comparative newbuild from as recently as 2006. The project cost is approx. £1.4 million which includes a grant of £170,000 from the Homes and Communities Agency.
Left to Right: Nicola Inchbald, Chair, Rooftop Housing Group;
Ian Hughes, Group Chief Executive, Rooftop Housing Group;
Harriett Baldwin, MP West Worcestershire
An artist's impression of the how the finished scheme