Properties at a £9.5m WM Housing Group development in Coventry are being handed over to tenants as work on the homes gets nearer to completion.
The development is being built on a piece of land between Gerard Avenue and Queen Margaret’s Road off Charter Avenue in Westwood Heath – known as Tudor Grange.
The development is made up of 51 affordable rent homes and a further 21 which will be offered at outright sale by Signature New Homes.
The properties have been developed through an innovative partnership with Coventry City Council which will see 230 homes developed on land owned by WM Housing Group and the Council across Coventry. 72 of these homes are at Tudor Grange and are being developed by Lovell.
WM Housing Group’s Executive Director of Development, Nick Byrne, said: “It’s fantastic this development is on its way to completion and some people have already moved into their new homes.
“The builds will provide a variety of options for tenants and customers thanks to a mix of property size.
“These affordable homes are much needed in the area and will provide great options for tenants to live in.”
Work started on the Tudor Grange development in November last year. It is made up of two, three- and four-bedroom homes. It was part funded by a £1.4m grant from Homes England and built by developer Lovell.
Tenant Telca Nala, 47, is one of the first to move into the affordable homes on the site with her 15-year-old son.
She says: “I’m so grateful to have moved into my lovely house at Tudor Grange.
“I lived in a three bed previously and I really wanted to swap it for a two bed.
“When we got here the house was beautiful outside, then we found it was lovely inside too – and it had a fantastic back garden.
“I can’t help but wish that everyone else can have a property like mine – building developments like this can change people’s lives.”
Deputy Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities at Coventry City Council, Cllr David Welsh, said: “This is an important development for Coventry and it is great news it is nearing completion, and some properties have been handed over to tenants.
“There is a huge demand for homes in Coventry and the development will help tackle the need for homes across the city. These are family homes and will benefit people who are living on a lower income.”
Stuart Penn, Lovell regional managing director added: “We are thrilled to have provided innovative and flexible partnership solutions to our valued framework partnership with WM housing.
“Our team has a strong record of delivering smart, modern homes and we are pleased that we have brought our expertise to Tudor Grange which will consist of 72 homes.
“The homes will help to boost the supply of good quality buildings in the area.”
The help to buy scheme is available on this development.