Gavin Williamson MP for South Staffordshire joined local councillors and residents to officially open the latest housing development from South Staffordshire Housing Association (SSHA).
The development in Himley Lane, Swindon consists of 14 properties and provides affordable rented and shared ownership homes to local people, enabling those otherwise priced out of the expensive housing market to continue to live in the village.
Mr Williamson unveiled the new road sign on the development and commented: “These smaller developments are essential for tackling the housing shortage in our region, while ensuring our villages are kept unspoilt. Our district is proud to be rural and, as such, we support developments that are sympathetic to their surroundings. These are some of the nicest affordable homes I have seen, and hope that they have set a precedent for houses in the region.”
Jan Goode, director of customer services at SSHA, added: “At SSHA, we are committed to developing and improving lives in South Staffordshire.”
“We believe that building homes that enable younger families to stay in their local villages, is vital for creating flourishing communities. We only build houses that are needed in the area and the homes built will only ever be rented or sold to local people. This will ensure that the future of these communities is protected.”
One local family benefiting from the new homes is the Westons, who are now able to get on the property ladder for the first time. Mr and Mrs Weston have two daughters and were keen to buy a family home in the area where their children have always lived.
The homes on the development were built following consultation with the local community, which revealed that affordable housing was needed. SSHA was keen for the homes to be designed in-keeping with the beautiful rural village, so the architect worked with the local authority’s conservation officer to take design inspiration from local buildings. For example, the two-bedroomed houses have been modelled on traditional local barn conversions, and a pair of semi-detached houses on the façade of the village pub.