Saxonby starts work on Community Led Grant development

A sod cutting ceremony took place last week at a development that will see new affordable homes for the village of Kinlet on the Shropshire–Worcestershire border.

To be constructed by Saxonby for Shropshire Rural Housing (SRH) the scheme will consist of eight dwellings including two two-bedroom bungalows, four two-bedroom and two three-bedroom houses.

To help secure the proposed development a number of requests were fulfilled as part of Shropshire Council’s Community Led Grant initiative. For example, Kinlet Primary School’s playing field is unusable during the winter due to water logging. Working in partnership with both Kinlet Parish Council and Shropshire Council, the land drainage issue will be resolved.

As a commitment to maintaining low running costs and a long-term reduction in environmental impact, appropriately designed windows and the use of ground heat source pumps will in respect, maximise the benefits of the sun and warm the homes. A highly insulated timber frame panel system, manufactured off-site by LoCal Homes in Walsall, will be used for the first time on a Shropshire based housing development.

Saxonby director Andrew Copson, said: “This development came to fruition from the results of a housing needs survey and has involved the local community from the outset. All the partners should be proud of their achievements and cooperation so far and we look forward to delivering these much needed homes to local people at the end of the year.”

Available from November 2015, allocation will be made through Shropshire Homepoint and priority given to applicants with a strong local connection to Kinlet or the surrounding parishes.

Picture: (left to right back row) Tony Robson, co-site manager Kinlet, and Tim Charnley, director, Saxonby, Bryan Powell, chief executive, Shropshire Rural Housing, Andrew Copson, director and Tom Capper, co-site manager Kinlet, Saxonby with (front row) pupils from Kinlet Primary School.

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