Sophie Olney with daughter Lexi
Wednesday, 24 September 2014
A £2.4m development of affordable homes has welcomed its new residents, thanks to the work of a Coventry-based housing provider.
Whitefriars Housing has transformed an area of disused land into 20 new affordable homes in Trafalgar Mews, Coventry. The scheme, which comprises 15 two-bedroom houses and five three-bedroom properties for affordable rent, is built on the site of the city’s former foundry works.
Residents began to move into their homes in June, and were officially welcomed with an event held last week.
They were given the opportunity to chat with their new neighbours as well as staff from Whitefriars and Coventry City Council on issues such as money advice, recycling and maintaining community spirit.
Sophie Olney, a mum of two, got the keys to her new home in July.
She said: “We’ve a lot more space and the house is lovely. There’s plenty of room for the toys and the children really enjoy being out in the garden. We’ve got a place to ourselves and more freedom which is great.”
The homes were built by a local developer O'Flanagan Homes and funded by Whitefriars and the Homes and Communities Agency.
Carol Bretherton, Service Development Manager at Whitefriars, said: “We are delighted to have transformed this are of disused land into affordable family homes. Through our work with O’Flanagans and the HCA, the development has been built and finished to a very high standard and has really helped to revive the area.
“We were thrilled to officially welcome the residents into their new homes. It’s important that our customers know about the services and support that we offer, and events such as these are a great way for us build lasting relationships with our residents. They are also a great way for people to get to know their neighbours and build a strong community.”