Derelict land transformed to create affordable homes in Walsall

Sanctuary Group is celebrating the completion of 36 family homes at its development in Walsall.

These affordable new homes in Midland Road and Dairy Close have been developed by Sanctuary Group in partnership with Walsall Council in a £3.3 million project with investment from the Homes and Communities Agency.

The new homes include a mix of two, three and four bedroom houses for affordable rent and have been built by Sanctuary’s contractor Galliford Try on the site of the former dairy in Caldmore. The site had been derelict for 15 years before construction started last summer.

Sanctuary’s partners at Walsall Council took part in a ground-breaking ceremony last July at the Midland Road site, and returned just before Easter to see the newly completed homes and meet some of the residents who have just moved in.

Jonathan Mullins, Sanctuary’s head of development for the Midlands, said:

“Derelict land in Midland Road has been transformed to create high quality family homes available for local people at an affordable rent, and we’re grateful for the support of Walsall Council and the Homes and Communities Agency in making this possible.

“We also appreciate the interest from councillors from the start to the finish of this project, and were pleased that they were able to join us as we celebrated the completion of these new homes.”

Simon Neilson, executive director for regeneration at Walsall Council said:

“This is a project that a number of partners have been working on for the past year to bring to fruition and we’re delighted it has reached completion. It’s a great scheme for the site.

“Unlocking derelict land and developing affordable homes is very important to us but it also means that local families will stay and support businesses and schools in Walsall.

“By working with affordable housing partners such as Sanctuary, we have helped to provide around 380 affordable homes for the borough within the last year which is an incredible achievement.”

Chris Loizou, Development Manager of Galliford Try Partnerships Central added:

“Midland Road is another great example of how Galliford Try Partnerships has been able to work with Registered Provider partners like Sanctuary and the Homes and Communities Agency to both regenerate brownfield sites and provide much-needed affordable housing for the people of Walsall and the wider West Midlands.”

Sanctuary has also been working in partnership with Galliford Try on a number of community projects in Walsall while the Midland Road development was under construction. Further details on these initiatives will be issued shortly.