HRH The Princess Royal Officially Opens A New Affordable Housing Project In Minsterworth

Rooftop Housing Group and Minsterworth Parish Council are delighted that HRH The Princess Royal as Patron of the Rural Housing Association, accepted their invitation to the official opening ceremony of Ellis Bank Lane, an Affordable Housing project in Minsterworth, on Tuesday 9th April 2019.

HRH Princess Anne the Princess Royal opening the Rooftop Minsterworth development.

Minsterworth, like many villages has seen little or no development of affordable housing, which allow younger people to stay in the area. Consequently; the village has seen the loss of the shop, post office, pub and most recently the primary school. 

To tackle the decline in village life Richard Few, the former Chairman of the Parish Council began the project, which has been seen to fruition by the current Chairman; Roger Blowey. The journey has not been without difficulty and sadly as time passed, village amenities closed. 

With extraordinary patience and persistence since 2012 from Tewkesbury Borough Council, Rooftop, the land owner and other organisations, we now have completed a project which provides homes for local people, local people that want to stay in their community.

HRH meeting some of the younger residents, with Boris Worrall, Rooftop Housing Group Chair to the left

The scheme, designed by Quattro Architects comprises of 14 properties with a mixture of 2 and 3 bedroom houses and bungalows for affordable rent and shared ownership, allowing first time buyers to step on the property ladder.

HRH talking to Rooftop Development Manager Sue Bishop, who worked for years on this project.

Knarsboro Homes commenced the build in September 2017.The properties were soon occupied enabling people with a local connection to Minsterworth move into their new homes in October 2018.

There are now many young families in the new homes and they are already breathing some new life into the village and showing how crucial affordable housing is for keeping rural communities alive.

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