Housing association gets grant to deliver more affordable homes
By Sarah Wood | 19th September 2023
Two Rivers Housing has secured a grant from Homes England to deliver more affordable housing in Gloucestershire.
The grant from the Government's housing and regeneration agency will support the Newent-based housing association to build 17 new affordable homes at its Marian's Walk site in Coleford.
This development will deliver a mix of properties to rent or buy through the Government's shared ownership scheme.
Two Rivers Housing also received £207,772 from Forest of Dean District Council to build affordable homes in the Forest of Dean.
Both grants will be used to fund work at Marian's Walk and support the purchase of 12 additional homes from Crest Nicholson at its Mirum Park site in Lydney. Two Rivers Housing has been working with Crest Nicolson at this site since 2020 and has already secured 44 affordable homes under a S106 agreement.
A further £90,0000 was also granted from NHS Gloucestershire. This will enable two of the properties at Marian's Walk to be built as fully wheelchair accessible and adaptable for the future needs of tenants with physical disabilities. The rest of the properties (excluding first floor flats) will also be built to an accessible and adaptable standard to help meet the changing need of tenants over their lifetime.
In addition, Two Rivers Housing has secured £295,000 from Tewkesbury Borough Council to help with the purchase of a five-bedroom home in Ashchurch. This is an area that is in desperate need of larger homes for local families to rent. It will be available for bidding through the HomeSeekers site when completed.
Terri Hibberd, development manager at Two Rivers Housing, said: "We have developed fantastic working relationships with Homes England and the local councils, which has been key to our success in obtaining these grants.
"As a community-focused housing association, we are committed to increasing the availability of affordable homes across Gloucestershire and the surrounding area. These communities are in desperate need of new homes and the funding we have secured will help us meet this need."
Cllr Adrian Birch, cabinet member for affordable housing at Forest of Dean District Council, said: "Delivering affordable and accessible housing for our residents is important for us as a council. It's great to be able to work with our partners at Two Rivers Housing to deliver these much-needed homes.
"We've already delivered some fantastic affordable, safe, and energy-efficient housing across the district. I'm looking forward to seeing this partnership continue to deliver for our residents into the future."
Cllr Alex Hegenbarth, Tewkesbury Borough Council's lead member for housing, health and wellbeing, said: "We are always pleased to work with our partners to support delivery of new affordable housing, and this new social rent property will be an important addition to the homes available across the borough."
The grants will help Two Rivers Housing deliver on its promise to increase the number of affordable homes available across Gloucestershire and hit its target of building 1,000 new affordable homes by 2028.
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