Council completes new social housing units at Birchen Lane, Tiverton
Posted on: 23 November 2018
Mid Devon District Council marks the completion of new social housing units built at Birchen Lane in Tiverton by holding an opening ceremony with its first new tenant.
Four brand new flats now stand where a dilapidated commercial unit, which had reached the end of its useful life, had once existed. Located centrally in Tiverton, the new units at Birchen Lane provide great access to local amenities, all within a few metres of the river Exe.
The development was a joint-funded project between Homes England and the Council’s Corporate Property and Commercial Assets team, aimed to help towards meeting the current housing need identified in the town.
The Group Manager for Corporate Property and Commercial Assets Andrew Busby, Andrew said:
“This was a tough project for all parties concerned due to the limited space in which to work. We had to overcome many challenges mostly due to the limited access, but also taking consideration for the surrounding businesses and residents by ensuring our contractors took reasonable steps to minimise noisy building work where possible. We’d like to thank all the local residents and businesses for their patience and understanding to ensure these much needed homes could be completed.”
The opening ceremony took place on Thursday 22nd November at 10am, to coincide with the first tenant moving in. Tenant Katie Turnbull was delighted to be asked to mark the occasion along with the Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing and Property Services Councillor Ray Stanley, by cutting a ribbon placed across the entrance of the units. Katie also received a bouquet of flowers. Also in attendance were Councillors Ron Dolley and Christina Daw, members of the Council’s Leadership and Housing team, the employer’s agent Faithful+Gould and the construction contractor ebc Building & Construction Ltd.
Cabinet Member for Housing and Property Services Cllr Ray Stanley said:
“It’s with great pleasure that I was able to announce that the Council has delivered another four Council houses on top of its existing stock of approximately 3,000 across the district. This small scale development has significantly improved the visual amenity of the area, once occupied by a dilapidated industrial building and now provides four much needed units in an area of high housing demand”.
This project follows the completion of several previous housing schemes also in partnership with Homes England, to include: 22 units at Joseph Locke Way in Crediton, 6 units at Fir Close in Willand and 14 units at St. Andrew Street in Tiverton. Going forward, 6 units are scheduled to complete in late spring 2019 in Burlescombe, and a further 26 in the summer of 2019 at Palmerston Park in Tiverton.
This is the first article covering the recent achievements by the Corporate Property and Commercial Assets team in delivering multiple projects from corporate housing to commercial units, to attain the maximum value of money on the Council’s asset portfolio.Posted in: Housing