A ‘welcome party’ from Trent & Dove, Burton Upon Trent’s largest provider of social housing, the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and the local council were on hand to greet the last of the new residents at Tilling Close, Burton.
The £1.38m development of eleven 2-bedroom houses and four 1-bedroom flats were part funded by the HCA under plans to build 1,500 homes in the Midlands by 2015.
At a short ceremony to mark the handover of the final property at Tilling Close to its new shared owner Ms Jill Ruszczak, Charles Amies, HCA Executive Director for the Midlands, said:
“The scheme at Tilling Close is a great example of local growth in action. Through HCA’s work with East Staffs Borough Council and Trent and Dove, our funding has enabled both the creation of much-needed new homes as well as local employment and apprenticeships and support for local businesses like Harvey and Clark.”
Also present was Ron Clarke, councillor for Eton Park and soon to be Mayor of Burton. He spoke movingly of one of his predecessors, Dennis Tilling a former Mayor of East Staffordshire and representative of Shobnall Ward, after whom the close has been named.
Built by local firm, Harvey & Clark including 4 apprentices employed via Trent & Dove’s groundbreaking ‘Learn it! Build it! Live it!’ scheme; all properties in Tilling Close have been built to ‘level 3 standard code for sustainable homes’.
Steve Grocock, Director of Property Services at Trent & Dove Housing is proud of the impact the new development has had on the area:
“This development project has been a unique experience for our organisation. Not only have we transformed a derelict plot of land into badly needed, affordable new homes but we have also successfully addressed a local need for improved training opportunities for young people. Learn it! Build it! Live it!, has taken 4 young men and given them access to training and qualifications they may otherwise not have had; all whilst investing in the fabric of their local community.
By choosing Harvey & Clark, a Swadlincote based developer, to build these affordable homes, we have further maximised the benefits to our local neighbourhoods. We are proud to be investing back into the region’s economy and helping to stimulate growth & recovery”.