Official ceremony marks £4m scheme handover
Residents of a new 22-home affordable housing development were joined by their landlord and local partners to mark the official handover of their homes.
Non-profit regional housing provider emh has completed 21 two-and-three-bedroom properties and a bespoke four-bedroom adapted property specifically built to meet the needs of a local family and a child with additional needs. The bespoke home provides enhanced ground floor accommodation with a bedroom and wet room along with a range of adaptations.
The development, on a former brownfield site, was made possible thanks to a partnership with Erewash Borough Council and funding from Homes England who provided a grant of £913,000 towards the £3.9m scheme. The homes, for affordable rent, were allocated by Erewash Borough Council in line with its local letting policy.
Joining residents for the official scheme opening were Councillor Carol Hart, Leader of Erewash Borough Council and representatives from emh including Chan Kataria, Chief Executive.
Chan Kataria, emh Chief Executive, said: “It was a privilege to see the new development occupied and meet some of the residents. I’d like to thank them for their time. This development embodies what partnership working should be about, and I’d also like to thank our local authority partner for their support which has enabled us to together address a real housing need in Erewash.”
Mark Roe, Head of Delivery at emh, said: “The East Midlands has an ever-increasing need for affordable homes, and we at emh, as a non-profit landlord, is rising to this challenge with an ambition to deliver 2,500 homes between 2018 and 2023.
“This development provides 22 households with a quality, energy-efficient affordable home. We are delighted we have been able to work with a local family and allow them to influence their new home from initial plans to final key handover.”
Councillor Carol Hart, Leader of Erewash Borough Council, said: “Twenty-two families, including some who could otherwise have been homeless or were living in unsuitable conditions, now have a secure, long-term home in our community. We will continue to work with emh and other housing associations to build homes in which people can afford to live within Erewash.”
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Notes to editors
- Emh group provides more than 20,000 homes across the East Midlands.
- Its mission is to provide housing and care to improve opportunities for people.
- Emh is a Homes England Strategic Partner and aims to deliver around 500 homes a year to include homes for social rent, and shared ownership. It is committed to developing high quality extra independent living schemes to meet the growing need in the region.
- It is a lead investment Partner in the Quantum Development Consortium.