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.
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.
The merger of Jephson and Raglan has been given the go ahead by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA). The 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.
Local councillors and other guests joined Raglan Housing this month (17 October) to celebrate the start of construction on a new Raglan development of 60 affordable homes at Kings Mead in Kenavon Drive, near Reading town centre.
Raglan Housing Association has appointed Lynda Lines and Marie Riordan as new Regional Business Development Managers in the South and South East.
Construction has started on a new Raglan Housing development of 69 affordable homes in Yapton, West Sussex. The new scheme forms part of a two-year, phased development of 173 homes which are being built by Persimmon Homes.
Pupils from Redbridge Primary School in Southampton are staking a claim in the future of their community after successfully coming up with a poignant street name for Raglan Housing’s new neighbouring development of 31 affordable homes for local people in Studland Road.
Raglan Housing has successfully secured £8.6 million grant funding from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) 2015-2018 Affordable Homes Programme.
Partnership plans between Jephson and Raglan housing associations have reached a major milestone this week with the submission of their formal application to the HCA. If approved, the merger will create one of the UK’s most significant social housing providers, with around £160m in turnover and £1.6 billion* in assets.
Local staff from Raglan Housing recently volunteered their time and services to help out with a community area spruce up and host an action-packed family fun and information day for residents at the association’s Keats House, Barton Court Road development in New Milton.
A Ground Force-style team of local staff from Raglan Housing rolled up their sleeves last week to carry out a pond clean-up and heavy-duty garden makeover for residents at the association’s Willow View housing development in Hamworthy, Poole.
Local staff from Raglan Housing in Southampton, organised a fun-filled First World War-themed tea party for residents at the association’s Kerrigan Court residence, a sheltered housing development for older people in Westwood Road, Southampton.
Local staff from Raglan Housing in Bournemouth organised a fun-filled D-Day party for residents at the association’s William’s Court residence, a sheltered housing development for older people in Poole Road, Westbourne.
A Ground Force-style team of local staff from Raglan Housing, rolled up their sleeves last week to spruce-up gardens, paint fences and remove an unsightly raised flower bed for residents at the association’s Raglan Court and Dankworth Road housing projects in Basingstoke.
Local staff from Raglan Housing recently volunteered their time and services to help out with a community area clean-up and hosting an action-packed family fun day for residents at the association’s Jellicoe Close affordable housing development in Parkstone, Poole.
A Ground Force-style team of local staff from Raglan Housing rolled up their sleeves last week to construct a greenhouse, build a barbecue, clear an overgrown copse and carry out a garden makeover for residents at the association’s Greencoat Court, a development of sheltered retirement flats in Greencoat Road, Leicester.
Raglan Housing celebrated the creation of much-needed affordable rural housing this month with the official opening of Nine Barrow View, a brand-new development of eight rental properties in Steppes, Langton Matravers, on the Isle of Purbeck. The smart new homes - which are close to the popular seaside town of Swanage and exclusively for local people - were opened by Richard Drax, Conservative MP for South Dorset.
A brand new extension, which will give much needed extra activity space for the community centre in Raglan Housing’s Warwick Way development has been officially opened in Orwell Close, Loughborough.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the official opening this week of Raglan Housing’s new Talbots Mead development of eight rural homes for affordable rent in the centre of Baltonsborough village near Glastonbury. The new homes have been built to help tackle the shortage of affordable rental accommodation for local people living in the area.
Three new affordable Raglan Housing developments for local people in Somerset have been shortlisted for this year’s South West Local Authority Building Control (LABC) Building Excellence Awards on 13 June. The awards recognise quality of housing design, construction and craftsmanship as well as compliance with relevant legislation, and customer satisfaction.
One in three 40- to 50-year-olds living in the UK who rent or have mortgages on their homes believes they will not be able to afford their housing payments in retirement.
Raglan Housing Association firmly believes that everyone deserves the opportunity to live in a decent home within sustainable, mixed communities. Although Borough of Poole councillors have taken the decision not to dispose of this site at this time to Raglan, they have given a commitment to re-visit the options when they review their core strategy.
A local five-a-side football team from Raglan Housing in Reading has raised £325 for ASK St Nicholas, a specialist school for children with learning difficulties.
Raglan Housing has unveiled two much-needed affordable new homes in the former Knightwood Lodge Hotel in Southampton Road, Lyndhurst. The newly completed two-storey maisonettes have been ring-fenced for local people to help meet the shortage of affordable housing in the New Forest area.
A brand new development of 51 affordable rental homes has been officially opened by Raglan Housing in Langford Road, Weston-super-Mare. The new homes have regenerated a disused industrial site which once housed a Royal Mail sorting office.
A £1 million development of 11 affordable rental homes in Great Western Road, Chard is beginning to take shape.
Raglan Housing, working in partnership with South Somerset District Council and local contractor Brookvale Homes, is building the new scheme which is the second and final phase of a £5.1 million mixed development of 56 affordable homes for rent and shared ownership. The first 45 properties were completed in June last year.
The first phase of a new development of affordable homes in Weymouth is set to sell out fast. Following an open day held earlier this month, Raglan Housing is urging interested buyers to get in touch quickly if they want to be in with a chance of securing one of the stylish new homes.
High flyer Jaye Daniels, who crews for British Airways, knew he had found the perfect home-buying option when he discovered Raglan’s ‘Oak Mews’ shared-ownership development in Damory Street, Blandford.
Bramble Close, a brand new Raglan Housing development of 12 homes for affordable rent which has just won the Mendip Building Excellence Award for Best Affordable New Housing Development, has been opened in St Mary’s Road, Meare near Glastonbury. The event was officially celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Bramble Close residents, Raglan staff, members of Meare Parish Council and local suppliers.
Members of South Somerset District Council, Sparkford Parish Council and other guests joined Raglan Housing for a turf-cutting ceremony to mark the start of construction on a new mixed development including 13 affordable homes in Sparkford, Somerset.
Partnership plans between Jephson and Raglan housing associations have taken another step forward with an announcement by the new Board Designate Committee (BDC) on the proposed top level structure for the merged organisation.
April 1 is the first anniversary of the bedroom tax – a government policy which is unfair, unpopular and as a stand-alone measure, unworkable.
While the Government’s Help to Buy scheme is certainly stimulating the housing market, the Chancellor must not forget the millions of hardworking people on low incomes who don’t earn enough money to be eligible for the scheme. For them, shared ownership, which enables a purchaser to buy a share of a property and pay a subsidised rent on the remainder, and have the opportunity to buy more equity as their situation develops, is their only hope of owning a home.
The Portfolio Holder for Housing at Christchurch Borough Council, Cllr Sue Spittle, was joined by the Mayor of Christchurch, Cllr John Lofts, staff from Raglan Housing, residents and suppliers, for the official opening of Raglan’s Parsonage Close and Bronte Avenue development of 17 affordable homes in Christchurch.
The Mayor of Blandford Forum, Councillor Bob Brannigan, was joined by other councillors, staff from Raglan Housing, North Dorset District Council, residents and local suppliers, for the official opening of Raglan’s new Oak Mews and Acorn Court development of 11 affordable homes in Damory Street, Blandford.
A new Raglan Housing development of 12 family homes for affordable rent in Meare, near Glastonbury, has been nominated for the coveted Mendip Building Excellence Award for Best Social or Affordable New Housing Development.
Following a meeting with the HCA this week, Raglan has been graded as fully compliant with the regulator’s value for money standards.
Raglan Housing is set to convert Orchard House, a redundant office building in Southampton’s new Station Quarter North regeneration area, into 25, one- and two-bedroom affordable rental flats.
Eight local families living in Convent Close, Stoke Golding, facing eviction this year are staying in their homes, thanks to some good partnership work carried out by Raglan Housing and Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council housing officers.
Partnership plans between Jephson and Raglan housing associations are moving forward with the formation of a new joint Board Designate Committee (BDC), announced today.
Celebrations have taken place at the official re-launch of a special project designed to provide independent living accommodation, training and support for disadvantaged young people in the city’s historic quayside area.
Celebrations have taken place at the official re-launch of a special project designed to provide accommodation, training and support for disadvantaged young people in the town.
Twelve pupils from Redbridge Primary School’s Student Council donned hard hats and high visibility gear for a lesson in house-building and site safety at Raglan Housing’s new development of 31 affordable homes in Studland Road, Southampton.
Residents living in Raglan properties have been given top tips to ensure decorations are safe and can be enjoyed by all this Christmas.
Local residents joined with staff from Raglan Housing, Worthing Borough Council, the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and other guests at a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the official opening of Columbus House, a development of nine two-bedroom flats for affordable rent in Drake Avenue, Worthing.
Local people in Bickley are invited to an open day designed to showcase sheltered housing.
Raglan Housing has increased its growing portfolio of 800 affordable homes in Sussex with the acquisition of 134 new properties in Eastbourne from Southern Housing Group.
Raglan Housing’s new Portman Place development of 15 affordable homes at Portman Mews and Portman Square in Sherborne, has been officially opened with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the occasion.
Raglan Housing which recently launched a new web-based affordable home-matching service for tenants in the Purbeck area, is co-hosting a ‘home swap’ information and networking evening from 6.30pm to 9.30pm on Thursday, 7 November at the District Council offices, Westport House in Worgret Road, Wareham, BH20 4PP.
Local residents and their children joined representatives from Raglan Housing, Sedgemoor District Council, the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and artist Andrew Bolton, to unveil a 22-metre community mural to mark the official opening of Raglan’s new development of 117 homes for affordable rent in Springfield Road, Highbridge.
New Raglan home-owners Dan and Susan Thomas and baby daughter Mia received a very special royal visitor this week when Prince Charles stopped by for a quick visit at their three-bedroom terraced townhouse in Bridport Road, Poundbury.
Local residents in Raglan homes are being encouraged to have their say on the social housing provider’s plans to join with another housing association.
Raglan Housing has announced a new framework of consultants to deliver architect and employers agent services for the next four years.
A £900,000 scheme of 10 new homes has been officially unveiled.
Raglan Housing welcomed local councillors, residents and special guests to the official opening and stone unveiling of three new affordable family homes for rent in the new Aldersgate mixed development at Aldersgate Way, in Ringwood Road, Poole.
Raglan Housing has pledged its support for Gas Safety Week (16-22 September).
Local people in Farnham are invited to an open day designed to showcase sheltered housing.
Construction has started on a new development of affordable homes as part of Pemberly, a phased 176-dwelling scheme which is being built by Dorset-based builder F H Cummings Unlimited off Louviers Road in Littlemoor, Weymouth.
Local people in Basingstoke are invited to an open day designed to showcase sheltered housing.
Staff from Raglan Housing joined residents and members of Swindon Borough Council, Wiltshire Wildlife Trust and suppliers this month to celebrate the official opening of the new £1.8 million affordable housing development in Manor Road, Swindon, and the opening of a food-growing community garden.
A collection of 20 brand new houses for shared ownership are set to be released for sale next month in Polegate.
Work has started on site at The Drapers, a new Raglan Housing development of 20 affordable homes – eight flats and 12 houses - in Chilkwell Street, Glastonbury. The new homes, due for completion next year, are being built on the old factory works of luxury leather goods manufacturer Drapers of Glastonbury. The factory will be demolished in September.
A summer roadshow is being kicked off tomorrow in Purbeck to help inform local people about the forthcoming benefit cap and Universal Credit.
Women requiring additional support after suffering domestic abuse will now have further support when the Hamlet opens its doors for the first time today (Friday 5 July).
Rosebery and Raglan have today announced their intention to become part of a single housing association group. A number of informal discussions have taken place to date and, as a result, both Boards have now agreed – in principle - to Rosebery becoming a subsidiary of Raglan Group Ltd.
Four coaches from Southampton Football Club-aligned charity, the Saints Foundation, and local police community support officers (PCSO) recently teamed up with Raglan Housing to promote safe and responsible play to a group of youngsters living on three of the association’s housing estates in Woolston.
Raglan Housing has lifted the curtain on a new development of much-needed affordable housing in Monkton Heathfield.
Planning permission has been granted to build six new affordable homes in West Coker, Somerset.
To mark the beginning of the National Housing Federation’s Rural Housing Week (10-16 June), Raglan Housing is living up to its promise of building at least 10 per cent of its affordable new homes in rural communities for local people. Since September 2012, Raglan which has over 60 rural developments across the South East, South West and the Midlands, has started construction on 120 new homes in Somerset, Dorset, Hampshire and Leicestershire. Rural areas are those with settlements with a population under 10,000 in which around 19 per cent of the English population live.
Construction has started on a new Raglan Housing development of eight rural homes for affordable rent in the heart of Baltonsborough, near Glastonbury in Somerset.
Raglan Housing continues its long-term commitment to delivering rural affordable homes for local people most in need with the start of construction on eight new homes for affordable rent in Steppes, Langton Matravers on the Isle of Purbeck.
Raglan Housing’s Quay Foyer in Poole has just completed remodelling works to provide two new flats for parents and babies and three new residential studios at the project in 20 Hill Street in Poole.
Local people in Quorn are now able to see a development of new, affordable homes rising out of the ground.
A group of primary school-aged children have been honoured for their work in helping to keep their local community safe, clean and happy.
Interest in nine new homes being built in Blandford is already rising – before the properties have been released for sale.
With almost 300 new homes set for completion this year alone, Raglan Housing is now increasing the scale of its development programme even further.
First time buyers in Chard will have an opportunity to view a selection of new homes available for shared ownership at an open day this Saturday.
Mendip District Council has voted unanimously in favour of a proposal by Raglan Housing to redevelop a former leather-processing works at Chilkwell Street in Glastonbury.
Raglan Housing has unveiled plans to build 26 new affordable homes in Henlade at a public exhibition.
Raglan Housing is celebrating after beating-off competition from more than 40 other associations to be one of just six shortlisted for a prestigious national award.
Never mind the wintery weather – Raglan residents and volunteers from Manor Road in Swindon certainly had springtime on their mind when they took part in the ‘Big Dig’ – a national initiative which aims to establish hundreds of new community gardens and food growing sites.
Residents of two Raglan schemes in Nottingham shared their views on changes to government policy regarding care for the elderly with Shadow Health Secretary, Andy Burnham MP.
Raglan Housing, with its local office at Grange Business Park, Leicester, is supporting allpay’s “Big Break” campaign to help residents manage their financial responsibilities by signing up to Direct Debit.
With competition for jobs in the local area fierce, Raglan Housing is offering five young people the chance to work with the company.
Raglan has successfully bid to take over 92 social housing properties from Places for People in Woking, Surrey - expanding their property portfolio in the county to over 205 family homes.
Reading-based Raglan has been shortlisted for the UK Housing Awards 2013.
The legacy of generous supporters in establishing one of Salisbury’s first modern hospitals has been preserved thanks to Raglan Housing.