We are very pleased to announce that the Homes and Communities Agency has given the green light for the merger of Jephson and Raglan to go ahead. This is a significant step forward in the merger process.
Our new organisation will be called Stonewater and will be one of the UK’s most significant social housing providers, both in terms of assets and geographic spread with around £160 million in turnover and £1.6 billion in assets.
The Chancellor’s decision to reform stamp duty is good news for home buyers and should stimulate the housing market. It’s a shame though that there was nothing in the Statement about rent reform to help the growing number of private tenants on low incomes who are struggling to pay the highest housing costs relative to income in the country.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the official opening this week (1 December) of Raglan Housing’s smart new development of 56 affordable rental and shared ownership homes in Great Western Road, Chard.
An old derelict building, once the former site of Herston Bakers in Swanage town centre, has been converted by Raglan Housing into two much-needed temporary homes for local people. The new accommodation was officially opened last week (31 October) at a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by members of Purbeck District Council and Raglan Housing.
The Rt Hon Norman Baker, MP for Lewes and the Minister of State for Crime Prevention, joined Raglan Housing Chief Executive Nick Harris and Raglan Chair George Blunden last week (28 October) at a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of 33 new affordable homes for rent and shared ownership at The Sidings in Lynholm Road, Polegate.