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Joyful families are getting what some describe as their best-ever Christmas present - the keys to new homes built by Bromford.


Joyful families are getting what some describe as their best-ever Christmas present - the keys to new homes built by Bromford.

Moving in day for the first few tenants at Hanley Lane, Bayston Hill, was just before Christmas (December 12) and it's hoped that the remaining tenants will join them at this attractive rural development by early January.

The successful completion of 14 affordable rented and shared-ownership homes on the edge of this village overlooking Shrewsbury helps meet the local need for high-quality housing at a price that local people can afford. It has been made possible through a partnership between Bromford, the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and Shropshire Council.
One new resident, 43-year-old Mark Lloyd, said: "Christmas has come early this year. This is the best present me and my mum could have asked for."

Mum Jennifer agreed: "We couldn't have asked for a better home than this. They're beautiful houses. We're really looking forward to spending our first Christmas here - the first of many, we hope!"

Their enthusiasm was shared by soon-to-be neighbours Claire and David Brown, who will be moving into their nearby three-bedroom house with children Issac, nine, and Noah, four.

Pregnant Claire, a wheelchair user, says her quality of life will be transformed - and the extra space will be even more useful when the latest addition to the family arrives in the early spring.

"We're living nearby in private rented accommodation and it's really not suitable for my needs," said 38-year-old Claire as she got her first chance to look around her new home with its wide range of disability-friendly features.

"We didn't know what to do for the future. Then we heard about these lovely new homes and could hardly believe it when our bid was successful. It's just what local people need - decent homes at rents they can afford and that's a big issue in an area where prices are so high."

Bromford housing manager Keith Veecock was delighted by the customer reactions. "There's no doubt about it - working in housing is rewarding in so many ways but this is the best part of the job, "he said.

"The new customers are extremely happy with their new homes. It's a great feeling to know that we are making a positive difference to the lives of local people."

Half of the homes - all made possible by a £590,000 grant from the Homes & Communities Agency (HCA) - will be let by Bromford to local people at affordable rents and the other seven will be marketed on a shared ownership* basis, also to locals.

Darrin Gamble, Bromford's head of neighbourhood for the West Midlands, said: "Seeing the first customers move in turns our agreement with Shropshire Council - to build new homes for local people in housing need and on low incomes - into reality. We've worked hard on creating the right mix of tenure and house types to ensure a mixed, balanced and inclusive community that will reflect the character of this rural location."

Cllr Ted Clarke, the Shropshire Council member for Bayston Hill, welcomed the new householders saying: "This long-awaited scheme was heavily oversubscribed by local people in housing need. For those families that were successful this will be a real Christmas to remember."

Amelia McCann, Bromford's regional head of development (north), said: "We're particularly proud of this attractive, low-density scheme and the fact that it was delivered by our in-house construction, Bromford Developments Ltd, in around ten months."