Work has begun on a £14m housing development which will deliver extra accommodation and employment.
Housing provider Sanctuary Group has worked closely with Stoke-on-Trent City Council to develop a project in Slater Street which will become a wide regeneration for the city. The development will see much-needed extra care accommodation and family homes as well as a range of employment and training opportunities within the local community.
There will be a mix of 80 one and two bedroom extra care apartments for over 55s for rent or shared ownership, alongside 28 two, three and four bedroom family homes which will be available for rent. As well as providing homes, the development will also provide construction jobs and provide apprenticeship opportunities.
The development comes from part of the 1011-15 Affordable Homes Programmes and will receive nearly £2.5m investment from the Homes and Communities Agency, reports 24dash.
Jonathan Mullins, Sanctuary’s head of development for the Midlands, said: “This is an exciting new development set to make a positive contribution to the local community in Middleport through the new homes and the new jobs it generates.”
Paul Shotton, Deputy Leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council said the partnership with Sanctuary was transforming the future for local people. “By working with progressive community focused organisations like Sanctuary Group we are transforming the city, providing a mix of new homes for people from all walks of life. It provides for young workers, retirees and families too. The mix is important in revitalising our communities, ensuring the city grows for everyone. It complements the major investments the city and partners have already made in Middleport, along with the Princes Trust. This injection of investment in new homes is helping to rebuild our communities, attracting people to the city, and boosting the economy. It’s another positive sign that the city is bouncing back,” he said.
elen Wilkes, HCA Area Manager added: “The HCA have been involved in this scheme from the beginning and it is great to see it start on site. This is a real boost for Middleport and will provide much need extra care homes for the local people”.
Ian Calder, Seddon’s Business Unit Manager, said: “Our team is excited to be working on this latest scheme for Sanctuary, creating new-build extra care homes as well as affordable housing for rent. In line with our commitment to deliver benefits for the whole community in the areas where we work, the Slater Street redevelopment is also helping the overall regeneration of the area by providing valuable work and training opportunities for local people.”
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