Affordable new homes in Minchinhampton impress

Sanctuary’s new development in Minchinhampton came under the spotlight during a tour of affordable rural housing schemes by parish and district councillors from the Gloucestershire area.

The first phase of this £2.2 million scheme at Farm Close in Minchinhampton has just completed, providing nine high quality new homes for affordable rent, including 2 four-bedroom, 4 three-bedroom and 2 two-bedroom houses as well as a one-bedroom bungalow.

The development, which has been part-funded by the Homes and Communities Agency and built by Sanctuary’s contractors Galliford Try, is set to provide a further 11 new homes when the second phase is completed later this summer. These will also be made available on an affordable rental basis.

Representatives from Gloucestershire Rural Community Council (GRCC), Stroud District Council and parish councils across the Gloucestershire area joined the tour, along with Sanctuary’s Sophie Bell (Project Manager – Development), Helen Harding (Operations Manager – South West) and David Bentley (Housing Officer).

During their tour, the visitors had chance to look inside the completed properties, chat to some of the residents who had just moved into their new homes and see the progress on the second phase of the development which is nearing completion.

Karen Phimister, Rural Housing Enabler for Stroud District with GRCC, passed on her thanks to Sanctuary Group for facilitating the tour of the Minchinhampton development.

She said:

“The aim of the visit was to raise the profile of affordable housing and showcase that affordable homes can be well built and well-designed. We certainly saw this at the rural exception site in Minchinhampton. We were very impressed by the quality of these new homes, and being able to go into the houses and meet the new tenants was a great bonus, providing a necessary human element to the day.”

Sophie Bell, Sanctuary’s project manager, added:

“It was great to receive such positive feedback from the visitors – particularly comments about the generous sizing of the properties and the sustainability features, such as the solar panels which will enhance the energy efficiency of the new homes.”

The tour by local councillors coincided with this year’s Rural Housing Week (30 June – 6 July), an initiative organised by the National Housing Federation to highlight the need for more affordable housing in rural locations across the UK.