WORK is on track for affordable homes at two sites in Warrington, despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cheshire housing association, Weaver Vale Housing Trust (WVHT), has kept its ambitious development programme on track despite the restrictions of the pandemic, starting on site with nearly 120 new homes across the region over the last 12 months.
Nearly 50 of these new homes have already completed, as part of the Trust’s commitment to developing affordable homes for local people and reinvesting back into communities and neighbourhoods, and a further 150 homes in the pipeline for the year ahead.
This includes its first developments in Warrington, with two affordable homes sites currently under construction in Padgate and Latchford where the Trust recently took handover of the first phase of 33 two and three bed homes for affordable rent at Sandford Village, with a second phase already in the pipeline. This is part of a wider Morris Homes development due to complete in August.
In Latchford, WVHT is working with local company Land End Construction to build 41 homes for affordable rent on the site of the former Richmond Social Club, which closed its doors in 2019 and will be transformed into a three-storey apartment complex due to complete early next year.
Jo Fallon, Assistant Director of Development at the trust, said: “High-quality homes are the starting point for improving lives. With the importance of wellbeing and having a good quality home to live in being brought into sharp focus by the pandemic and lockdowns, I’m so proud of our progress this year in being able to keep our development programme on track.
“Our team has worked closely with our trusted partners and has continued to work safely and following all guidelines to deliver new homes which are very much needed and will have a wider impact across our communities.”