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.
As you may already know, we are looking to merge with the Jephson Group – a venture which could provide thousands of additional homes.
Together with Jephson, we have now submitted a formal application to the Homes and Communities Agency. If approved, our new group will be effective from January 2015.
We will keep you up to date with any progress, and would like to involve you, our residents in decision making to make sure that we continue to deliver the best service.
To do this we have selected a group of residents from Raglan and the Jephson group to create a Sounding Board.
The purpose of the Sounding Board is to ensure that we meet our tenants’ needs throughout the merger, and the group will help us to decide how to effectively communicate the changes that will be taking place.
We are in the middle of a housing shortage. There is a serious lack of the right homes, built at the right price and in the right location. To solve the crisis more homes need to be built.
The National Housing Federation’s Yes to Homes campaign asks communities to say “yes” to development in areas that need it most.
Visit www.yestohomes.co.uk to find out more.
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.
A brand-new development of 10 affordable riverside apartments for shared ownership has been opened by Raglan Housing in a former empty 1960s office block in Reading town centre.
Raglan Housing has opened Convent Drive, a smart new £3.7 million development of 29 affordable homes on the former site of St Martin’s Convent in Stoke Golding.