Councillors in Lancaster paid a visit to an “affordable” housing scheme recently to learn first-hand how new residents are settling into their shared ownership homes.
Councillor Caroline Jackson, the city council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for housing and homelessness, was accompanied by local Skerton ward councillors Sandra Thornberry, Martin Gawith, and Robert Redfern.
The councillors were visiting the £3m Craven Court development, recently completed by Great Places Housing Group. Showing them around were the housing provider’s executive director of growth, Helen Spencer, and senior construction manager, Paul Mayo.
Jackson said: “In Lancaster we’ve got a real need for affordable housing, so it’s been great to see this new shared ownership development that is providing people with the opportunity to get onto the housing ladder.
“It was a pleasure to meet some of the new residents and hear how happy they are with their new homes, and I’d like to thank Great Places Housing Group, Terra Nova Developments, Plumlife Homes, and Homes England for their partnership and commitment to delivering high-quality and sustainable housing in our area.”
Part-funded by Homes England, the Craven Court development consists of 12 three-bedroom houses and two two-bedroom bungalows for shared ownership. It was one of the first developments to be delivered by Terra Nova, Great Places’ in-house construction company, and was marketed by Great Places’ shared ownership specialists, Plumlife Homes.
Helen Spencer, Great Places’ executive director of growth, said: “We’re delighted to have had the opportunity to show the councillors around Craven Court and to speak with some of our new residents.
“We’re very proud of the work we have done to deliver these high-quality homes in Lancaster, providing much-needed affordable homes in the area, offering a mix of homes ideal for families and those looking to downsize with excellent access to local facilities and transport links.”
Main image: (Left to right) Kathy Beaton, principal housing strategy officer, Lancaster council; Paul Mayo, senior construction manager, Terra Nova Developments; cllr Sandra Thornberry; cllr Robert Redfern; new resident Jenny Keane; Helen Spencer, executive director of growth, Great Places; cllr Caroline Jackson, deputy leader and cabinet member for housing and homelessness; and cllr Martin Gawith
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