Raglan Housing has started work to build nine new affordable homes in Worthing 1930s-style
Raglan Housing is building nine new affordable homes in Worthing designed to be in keeping with the nearby historic The Strand area of the town.
Raglan is working in partnership with the Homes and Communities Agency and Worthing Borough Council to deliver the two-bedroom apartments which are designed to have the retro feel of the 1930s style displayed by neigbouring buildings in The Strand.
The homes are being built at a site in Drake Avenue, which was previously used for car parking and as a rear access to shops, were brought to us by Wilmington Homes.
The scheme will provide nine flats with individual parking space and will have gas central heating systems with gas saver units to help reduce energy costs for our residents. The homes will achieve Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3 to further reduce the impact on the environment and will attain Secured by Design accreditation.
Richard Stevenson, Raglan Housing’s Business Development Director, said: ‘Raglan are very pleased to be contributing to meeting local housing need in partnership with Worthing and providing affordable homes in the area. This is the first Raglan scheme in the town since 2007.’
The site for the new homes is located in a highly sustainable area close to a range of local services including schools, shops, and medical facilities and has good transport links by road, rail and bus. It is in a popular residential area and relates well to Raglan’s existing stock in Durrington.
Councillor Mary Lermitte, Cabinet Member at Worthing Borough Council, said: ‘There is very high demand for affordable two-bedroom properties for rent in this area and it is great to see Raglan making a start on these nine new homes.’
Paul Shorten, Area Manager at the Homes and Communities Agency, said: ‘It’s great news that more vitally important affordable homes will be built near The Strand. This important project has reached this milestone through our close partnership working, which will now continue to ensure it delivers the new homes that local people need.’
Pat McGee, Managing Director of building contractors PMC and Nigel Stephens from Rund Partnership, Raglan’s employers agent attended a start-on-site ceremony that also included Paul Shorten from the Homes & Communities Agency. Raglan’s chief executive Nick Harris was also in attendance along with South East Regional Director Karen Stephens. Cllr Lermitte was joined by Worthing and Adur Housing Strategy and Enabling Manager Arjan de Jong.
The homes are due to be completed in September 2013 and will be let via the Council’s Choice Based Lettings Scheme.
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Notes to editors:
- Raglan Housing is a housing association that owns and manages 12,320 homes in 95 local authority areas across the South East, South West, Midlands and East of England.
- With more than 35 years’ experience in the sector, Raglan provides 9,136 general needs homes, along with 1,611 sheltered homes, 814 leasehold schemes for the elderly, 400 shared ownership, 204 supported housing, 77 intermediate/submarket rent/keyworker units, 60 service occupancy and 18 commercial units.
- Raglan houses some of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable members of the community. Raglan owns and manages a number of refuges for vulnerable women as well as a hostel for the homeless in Poole. Raglan’s work in the community extends to a range of engaging activities with residents and examples of staff and residents ‘going the extra mile’ for others are highlighted at our annual Community Spirit Awards.
- Raglan’s annual turnover is £56m and has robust and well managed finances obtaining a double green assessment from the Tenant Services Authority. Raglan has signed an agreement with the Homes & Communities Agency to deliver 552 affordable homes by 2015.