£3.8 million South Derbyshire social homes scheme reaches completion

Trent & Dove Housing, Burton upon Trent’s largest provider of social housing, are celebrating the completion of 41 new social homes in Majestic Place, Swadlincote, South Derbyshire.

Built on the former ‘Kwik Save’ site, which closed its doors in 2007, the development comprises of 18 one-bedroom apartments , 19 two-bedroom houses and four three-bedroom houses with parking, available for affordable rent to those on the South Derbyshire Housing list.

Part funded by the Governments Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and built by local contractor Maplevale, all the homes have been built to Sustainable Level 3 standards with energy efficient boilers and LED lighting throughout, making them fuel efficient and less expensive to run.

Speaking of his pride in the development, John Jackson, Chairman at Trent & Dove Housing, said:

“This development represents urban regeneration at its best.

“We have taken what was widely regarded as a local eyesore, plagued by unwanted attention and vandalism and turned it into much needed affordable housing which not only meets the local areas’ demands but also exceeds residents’ expectations.

“The line between new social and private housing is now well and truly blurred. The quality of this scheme speaks for itself”.

The homes in Majestic Way form a large portion of the 135 new homes Trent & Dove Housing has built across East Staffordshire and South Derbyshire in the last 12 months. Many have been part funded the HCA, the government body responsible for regulating social housing providers.

Speaking of their involvement with this project, Christine Addison, Executive Director for the Midlands for the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) said:

“We are pleased to be working with Trent & Dove to provide these much needed affordable homes in Swadlincote. These 41 new properties will help both local families and vulnerable people live independently in homes that are suited to their needs.”

Delegates from South Derbyshire District Council (SDDC), the HCA, Maple Vale and Trent & Dove Housing gathered for a short ceremony to mark the occasion.

Speaking on behalf of South Derbyshire District Council, Cllr Jim Hewlett, Chairman of the Housing and Community Services Committee at South Derbyshire District Council, said:

“Developing suitable brownfield sites into modern, attractive and affordable homes is vital in helping us to ensure that everyone who wants to live in our attractive and fast-growing district has the opportunity to do so.

“Majestic Place is a high-quality development that has seen a derelict location on the edge of Swadlincote brought back to life, and we’re delighted to have been able to work with Trent & Dove Housing to make it happen.”