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The mayor of Dudley gave his civic seal of approval as new show homes on a multi-million pound housing development in Dudley were officially opened.

The houses - being marketed for outright sale by development partner Keepmoat Homes on Dudley's Friars Gate development - played host to a number of special guests, including the mayor, Councillor Michael Evans.

Representatives from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and local tenants and other residents who have been actively involved in shaping the regeneration project - being delivered in partnership by Dudley Council, Bromford and Keepmoat Homes with £5.6m of funding from the HCA - were also there to celebrate the official opening. So was Darrin Gamble, neighbourhood manager for Bromford Living in the West Midlands.

The two and three-bedroom Keepmoat houses are designed to showcase the properties they are marketing for outright sale on the former North Priory housing estate. Guests were given the opportunity to look around the homes and find out more about how the scheme continues to gather pace.

The mayor said: "It's great that we can officially mark this stage in the development and recognise the commitment from all involved including our partners and local tenants and residents."

Christine Seaton, area manager for the HCA, said: "It is fantastic to see how well the scheme is progressing and the show homes are great examples of the high-quality affordable housing that will be delivered over the coming months through our work with Keepmoat Homes, Bromford, Dudley Council and a very supportive local community."

Darrin Gamble, head of neighbourhoods for Bromford Living, said: "This has been a great opportunity to get a glimpse of some of the high-quality homes that the partners are delivering for local people. It's easy to imagine how this stage of the development will look when finished - and how it will transform this part of Dudley."

Eamonn McInerney, sales manager at Keepmoat Homes Midlands, said: "The official opening marks the hard work, commitment and drive of the partnership, which has helped bring this scheme to fruition. This new development will go some way to addressing the area's housing needs."

The Keepmoat show homes and sales centre are open Thursday to Monday from 10am to 5pm. A Bromford show home will be opened later in the summer to let local people get a glimpse of the rental properties. It will also be used to stage community meetings while the development takes shape. A hundred homes are being developed in this first stage - 63 of them affordable and 37 for outright sale - and a total of 314 properties will be delivered by the end of the third stage.

Pictured are Dudley mayor Councillor Michael Evans with (from left to right) Bromford's Darrin Gamble, Keepmoat Homes MD Paul Degg, Christine Seaton from the HCA and local tenant George Williams.

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