Worcester MP Robin Walker has visited the site of a new housing development in Worcester which is assisting to deliver affordable homes for local people.
Sanctuary Homes is building 34 properties for affordable rent in Cranham Drive, Warndon. The £4.3 million scheme, part funded by Homes England, is being built by Sanctuary’s in-house construction team and will include a mix of two, three and four-bedroom houses as well as one and two-bedroom apartments
Robin was given a tour of the site and met with Sanctuary representatives to find out more about the homes which will be a major boost to the city. A care home was previously located on the site which was demolished four years ago, with residents being relocated to Sanctuary’s purpose-built care complex on Bromyard Road in St John’s.
Sanctuary is providing a range of training and employment opportunities through its MORE programme, which aspires to connect with local people in places where it is building new homes.
Already, £18,500 has been committed through the organisation’s community investment fund, including a grant to the construction skills centre at Worcester Community Trust (WCT) which was used to purchase equipment and cover course costs. This has led to Sanctuary employing a site labourer who had successfully completed training with WCT.
Craig Moule, Sanctuary Group Chief Executive, said:
“Providing quality affordable housing for people sits at the heart of Sanctuary’s social purpose and we are proud to be building this development in Worcester.
“It was a pleasure to welcome Mr Walker to Cranham Drive and show him how work is progressing to bring these new homes to fruition.”
Speaking at the site visit, Robin commented:
“This development will bring new affordable housing to an area of Worcester where it is most required, and I look forward to seeing it gather pace over the months ahead, and crucially helping to make the dream of home ownership a reality.”
“Sanctuary is one of Worcester’s largest employers and a major asset to the city, so I am delighted that the project will provide and economic boost by creating more jobs for people in Worcester.”
Notes to editors:
For Robin’s previous statements on housing, please see:
Sanctuary Homes is the trading name of the development arm of Sanctuary Group which is responsible for the provision of social housing, care and management services across England and Scotland. It owns or operates over 100,000 units of accommodation and employs around 13,000 people.
The Group operates under a not for profit umbrella, with surpluses reinvested into the provision of affordable housing, the maintenance of existing properties, and the development of new services for customers.