Work is under way to deliver a new residential and community development at a prime location in Wellington in Shropshire.
The project located at the former New College site on King Street will deliver a total of 76 homes for Wrekin Housing Group (WHG) intended to cater for older people, including 10 bungalows. A further 20 homes wil be delivered for Telford & Wrekin Council’s wholly-owned housing company Nuplace.
In addition to the new homes, and a dedicated car park for the King Street mosque, plans include the delivery of a new community hall and sports facility as part of the site transformation.
Telford & Wrekin Council acquired the site in 2019, and has worked in partnership with Wrekin Housing Group and Nuplace to masterplan the redevelopment project.
Grant funding from the Marches LEP Stronger Communities Get Building Fund supported early feasibility work, while Homes England funding, secured by Wrekin Housing Group, is supporting the wider residential development.
Wayne Gethings, WHG’s group chief executive, said: “We’re delighted to be working with our partners to deliver 76 homes at New College, a development that will provide much-needed affordable housing for older people in the local community. The scheme is testament to the power of partnership working.
“This project demonstrates our commitment to make a different to people’s lives across Telford and Wrekin. Together, we are bringing a development that will not only satisfy local housing demand, but will also enhance the wider community through significant investment.”
Councillor Lee Carter, Telford & Wrekin Council’s cabinet member for place, said: “We’re delighted to see work commence to regenerate the wider former New College site and create a comprehensive residential development which will cater for all generations.
“This site is in a key location in Wellington and through working in partnership with Wrekin Housing Group and Nuplace we are excited to see all the plans to redevelop this area start to take shape.”
MORRO Partnerships started work back in March 2023 on Phase One of the project to convert the Grade II-listed building at the former further education college site into 28 residential apartments for the YMCA, due to be completed later in the year
The one-bedroom studio apartments and four wheelchair-accessible homes will include laundry facilities, electric vehicle charging points, and car parking around the building.
Now work on the wider site is underway, which will be in keeping with the adjoining heritage building and a retaining wall will be installed to safeguard the building’s heritage. The latest development is being delivered by Lovell Homes and is set to be completed by winter 2025.
Councillor Richard Overton, Telford & Wrekin Council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for homes and enforcement, said: “This development supports the council’s strategy to create new, attractive and affordable homes for our residents and ensure that key areas of land in our borough, like this one in Wellington, do not become stalled sites …
“With over 1,300 tenants now living in Nuplace properties right across the borough, we know this brand-new accommodation will provide fantastic long-term homes for our residents for generations to come.”
Lewis Young, senior manager – provider management (SME) for Homes England, said: “As the government’s housing and regeneration agency, increasing the supply of quality affordable homes remains one of our key objectives and we are committed to supporting ambitious partners of all sizes to build those homes and communities.
“This investment through the Affordable Homes Programme does just that, enabling Wrekin Housing Group to build 76 much-needed new homes the people of Wellington can be proud of.”
Sonia Roberts MBE, chair of the Marches LEP, said: “We are delighted to see work underway on this important project. The LEP was pleased to offer funding to help pave the way for this work which will bring much-needed homes and community facilities to Wellington.”
Main image: (Left to right) Councillor Richard Overton, Telford & Wrekin Council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for homes and enforcement; Wayne Gethings, group chief executive, Wrekin Housing Group; councillor Lee Carter, Telford & Wrekin Council’s cabinet member for place; Sonia Roberts MBE, chair of the Marches LEP
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