Warrington Housing Association is delighted to take handover of 11 new affordable homes that are being offered to key workers at affordable rent.
It is the first time in ten years the we have added newly built homes to our portfolio and the properties are now available.
The development, which will be known as Wimborne Close, consists of 10 two-bed apartments and one three-bed house, and has been made possible by substantial investment of more than £1,000,000 by Warrington Housing Association as well as a £250,000 grant funding from Homes England.
Niki Stockton, director of operations for WHA, said: “This is the first new development by WHA in over a decade and will provide high quality affordable homes to rent for local people including key workers, who have provided vital supportive services during the Covid-19 Pandemic crisis from NHS and social care to transport and food supply.
“We made the decision to offer the properties to key workers first as it is so close to Warrington & Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and it just seemed like the right thing to do to thank those who have been working hard for all Warrington residents during these unprecedented times.
“This development is proof that, supported by Homes England, smaller housing associations working closely with smaller local contractors can build new homes and play their part in tackling the housing crisis.
“WHA are proud to be supporting the National Housing Federation’s campaign to put #HomesAttheHeart of the nation’s recovery as everyone deserves a safe, secure, comfortable place to call home.”
One of the first occupants of the new build on Wellfield Street, Great Sankey, will be Paul Boden, with his partner, also called Paul, who are both key workers.
The 56-year-old bus driver said: “It is so exciting, we can’t wait to move in and make it our own. It is such a lovely building and we feel very lucky. We have both been working through the pandemic and it has been tough for everyone so it is great to have this move to look forward to and it will be our forever home.
“We have been together for 26 years and Paul, who works for central Government, has been in poor health, so this is just what we need, and I can’t thank Warrington Housing Association enough, the staff have been brilliant.”
Mum and cleaner Kerry Parker, will also be moving in with her son Joseph.
She said: “I am absolutely delighted, I will be taking on one of the two-bed apartments with my son. It is gorgeous and I can’t wait to settle in. I feel very lucky to be one of the first residents.”
Homes England has also provided loan funding to the development company, Abalone, who have constructed the new homes.
Naomi Kirby, director of Abalone Estates said: “As a small developer, we are delighted to have worked with Warrington Housing Association in partnership with Homes England to deliver this new development in a fantastic central location. It has been an absolute pleasure, and I hope that the homes will bring lots of joy and benefits to local people.”