Grange Road, a Southern Housing Group development of 39 flats and three houses, has now been completed.
On 11 March 2013 the Group took handover of the scheme comprising: 13 one-bed flats 3 three-bed houses 4 three-bed flats 22 two-bed flats
The new affordable homes will be allocated to households on the Thanet District Council housing register on a social rent basis. One of the two blocks of flats provides a mixture of one and two bedroom flats for people over 55.
All of the homes on the development are built to Lifetime Homes standard with a number having been fitted with walk-in flush floor showers, and the facility for mobility scooter charging points has also been designed into the scheme.
All homes have been built to Sustainable Code level 3.
Jeremy Barkway, Regional Development Manager, Southern Housing Group, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the scheme and feel proud that we are able to continue to build social housing at a time when it is becoming increasingly important to do so”.
Southern Housing Group has also helped to create local labour opportunities at the Grange Road development, by creating three new apprenticeship posts as part of the contractor selection tender process.
Jeremy added: “Due to the housing and employment crisis, it is important that as part of our development strategy, we do as much as we can to support local employment opportunities within the communities in which we work.”
Martin Sandall, Managing Director, Jenner (Contractors) Ltd stated: “We have been a keen supporter of the apprenticeship programme over the years and therefore we were delighted to work alongside Southern Housing to create employment opportunities for young people during the construction of these schemes. This initiative has enabled both ourselves and our supply chain to employ some excellent young talent that promise to have a bright future within the construction industry.”
Southern Housing Group and Thanet District Council have worked in partnership to develop a local lettings plan for the new homes. The aim is to support sustainable lettings in accordance with the Kent Sustainable Communities Protocol, and to also meet the local housing need in Thanet whilst creating a balanced community.
The properties at this development were advertised via Kent Homechoice which is the choice based lettings scheme for all council and housing association homes in Kent. The properties have been allocated to households on the Thanet District Council housing register in accordance with the local lettings plan.
Kent Homechoice advertises all council and housing association homes that are available to let, on a fortnightly basis, and properties are advertised on the internet, digital television and personalised freesheets.
Madeline Homer, Director of Community Services at Thanet District Council said:
“We are delighted to see this development completed as these new homes will provide much needed affordable accommodation for households on our housing register. We are particularly glad to see that the homes have all been built to Lifetime Homes Standards, making this development a sustainable community for years to come.”
The first residents have already moved into their new homes.