Grand Opening of new Severnside Homes at Round Meadow, Wem

At a ribbon cutting ceremony held today Shropshire Councillor Chris Mellings officially opened Severnside Housing’s new homes at Round Meadow, Soulton Road, Wem.

Councillor Chris Mellings said “The scheme has provided a valuable boost to the availability of affordable housing for local people. The Parish Council and Severnside have worked closely in partnership to develop this local scheme for the benefit of local people. The homes are of excellent quality and I am delighted to be part of the completion celebrations.”

The development provides 23 new homes for affordable rent and shared ownership and has been delivered in partnership with Wem Rural Parish Council.   Costing in excess of £2.5m, the development was part funded by Shropshire Council, through community-led housing grant, and Social Housing Grant from the Homes and Communities Agency.

Paul Smith, Chair of Severnside Housing’s Board said “Severnside is extremely proud of the beautiful new affordable homes at Round Meadow, Wem.  We have worked closely with Wem Rural Parish Council and Shropshire Homes to provide a mix of houses and bungalows, creating a balanced and thriving community for the future.”

Councillor Len Staines, Vice-Chair of Wem Parish Council added “Wem Rural Parish Council is delighted to be involved in the development and on-going support for affordable housing for local families. The interest shown reflects the need for this type of scheme. The standard of design, construction and energy efficiency has produced lovely homes for its occupants.”

Over 40 guests from the local community attended the event including residents, parish and town councillors, contractors and Severnside staff.  Guests were invited to take a tour of a shared ownership property and refreshments were enjoyed at Wem Cricket Club.

During the event Wem Cricket Club were also presented with a special commemorative bench from Severnside and Wem Rural Parish Council, as a thank you for all their support and help during the construction of the new homes, as they provided car parking when necessary and a venue for local residents to meet.

Richard Bowler, Construction Director from Shropshire Homes added “Shropshire Homes are really pleased to have completed another development with Severnside Housing.  Both organisations share the same commitment to providing the highest quality of home and living environment for residents.  It was also rewarding to work with the local Parish Council to ensure the scheme reflected their aims and aspirations”

The mix of the 23 new properties:

3 x 2 bed bungalows (affordable rent)
9 x 2 bed houses (affordable rent)
5 x 3 bed houses (affordable rent)
2 x 2 bed houses (shared ownership)
4 x 3 bed houses (shared ownership)