08 April 2014

Residents hear about £2.7m affordable homes project for Plymouth

Contractors working on a £2.7million new development of 28 affordable homes for Plymouth showcased plans to local residents and discussed work experience positions at a recent community event.

Mi-space, part of the Midas Group, is currently creating 12 new homes and remodeling 16 further properties for affordable rent in Dawson Close in the St Budeaux area of Plymouth as part of a council-backed scheme to create more affordable homes in the city.

Staff from Mi-space joined teams from developers Affinity Sutton, an affordable housing provider, to discuss plans for the project with residents at a Meet the Contractors day held at the William Sutton Memorial Hall in March.

The jointly hosted event enabled people living in the area to view proposals for the scheme, meet the teams delivering the renovations, and find out more about potential opportunities for work experience on site.

Gary Cleary, site manager for Mi-space, said: "The Meet the Contractors day was well attended by local residents who enjoyed the opportunity to view drawings and building plans and ask staff from Mi-space and Affinity Sutton more about what this development will mean for their community. There was also a popular raffle with 12 winners receiving gift."

Affinity Sutton's Dawson Close scheme aims to address a shortage of affordable properties in the city, which Plymouth City Council is working to overcome.

Work started on site last November and the 28 new homes will be ready by August 2014, offering 13 one-bed flats, 7 two-bed flats and 8 three-bed houses, all either new-builds or refurbished to high standards, with added environmental features to help residents reduce their energy bills.

Gary Cleary added: "The project is coming on well and there has been great progress this year, despite the bad weather. Internal fit-out of the new houses is ongoing and block work is starting to take shape on the new-build flats. Existing roofs are being retiled and solar panels fitted, and external walls are being re-rendered.

"Over the next month we will be continuing block work and installing concrete floor slabs and stairs to the new flats, and the scaffolding will be removed so local residents will be better able to see the progress of the scheme."

Affinity Sutton is delivering the affordable homes for local people in Plymouth. The company is one of England's largest social landlords, providing homes for more than 120 local authorities.

Plymouth City Council currently has 10,000 people on its waiting list for homes, and is keen to create more new affordable homes in the city for both rent and purchase.

Image : L-R - Howard Marshall, Mi-space, with members of the local community at the Meet the Contractors day

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