Local affordable housing provider Wulvern is about to embark on its largest single development scheme to date having gained planning permission to construct 107 much needed homes on Badger Avenue, Crewe.
The scheme, on the site of the former Ludford Street School, will be completed in two phases with the first homes handing over in March 2015.
Wulvern has secured grant funding from the Homes and Communities Agency towards the cost of delivering the £10.6 million scheme and has appointed MCI Construction to build the homes.
The development will initially provide 82 homes – a mix of two and three bedroom houses and one and two bedroom apartments, all at an affordable rent.
A further bid to the Homes and Communities Agency could see a further 25 homes built on the site.
Wulvern is delivering their largest ever affordable homes programme, providing much needed housing for local people in Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester.
Executive Director (Growth and Enterprise), Kevin Williams said:
“Wulvern is already well on the way to delivering one of the regions largest HCA funded programmes and we are delighted that the HCA has shown confidence in our ability to deliver by supporting us to build these homes under the Affordable Homes Guarantee Programme”.
The investment in new homes will be made whilst at the same time keeping rent increases to a minimum. The average rent increase will be £3.53 per week.
The increase is line with the national formula for social housing rents, which was introduced to keep rents affordable and comparable across the social housing sector.
Chief Executive Sue Lock added:
“Over 70% of Wulvern tenants are in receipt of housing benefit in either full or part. We will also continue to help tenants by investing in a range of support and advice services such as our partnerships with Christians Against Poverty, StepChange and Citizens Advice Bureau alongside our Health and Wellbeing programme which has helped vulnerable people in the area reclaim over £5 million in benefits that they are entitled to”.
Wulvern will ensure that customers are provided with as much support as they require with paying their rent. They are also committed to helping their customers understand changes to government welfare reforms. Wulvern is strengthening its incomes service to ensure we are maximising the support they give to their customers, helping to maximise their income and claim their full entitlement of welfare benefits.
Wulvern is acutely aware of the need to tackle employability and skills issues within communities and help find paid work for customers.
A wide range of approaches have been taken including funding local community initiatives and supporting partnerships which have provided employment for young people not in education, employment or training.
Last year Wulvern spent over £5million providing services for their customers, invested £4.9 million improving our homes and £2.3million improving and maintaining local estates.