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Bromford Group, one of the leading providers of affordable housing in central England, is building a mixture of two and three-bedroom houses that will face a central green at Hanley Lane, Bayston Hill.

Half of the two-storey homes will be let by Bromford to local people at affordable rents and the other half will be offered on a shared ownership basis - where purchasers buy a portion of their home and pay affordable rent on the rest, allowing them to get a foot on the property ladder.

Background work has been under way since last summer and the £2million development now enters its active phase following Friday's (February 4) traditional ceremony, which saw site manager Peter Hamon turn the first spadeful of soil with Cllr Ted Clarke, watched by colleagues from Shropshire Council and Bromford.

The development - made possible by a £590,000 grant from the Homes & Communities Agency - is being delivered by Bromford's in-house construction business, Bromford Developments Ltd, who will use local labour and local suppliers where possible. It is scheduled for completion and handover this autumn.

Amelia McCann, Bromford's regional head of development (north), said: "We are delighted to be moving ahead with this attractive, low-density scheme which will provide much-needed affordable housing in an area where there is a real need for it. We really appreciate the support this development has received from our partners at Shropshire Council and the Homes & Communities Agency."

Darrin Gamble, Bromford's head of neighbourhood (West Midlands), said: "Our agreement with Shropshire Council ensures that these homes will be offered to local people in housing need. The mix of tenures and house types will help us create a mixed and balanced community that will reflect the character of this rural location."

Cllr Roger Evans, affordable housing champion for Shropshire Council, said: "We need more homes in Shropshire. We need more homes for people that cannot afford a £200,000-plus price tag. So we are glad to see work under way here at Hanley Lane."

Cllr Ted Clark, who represents Bayston Hill, said: "We believe that this development will be of real benefit to current and future generations of local people that need affordable housing."

The Hanley Lane houses are designed to meet HCA design and quality standards, Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3 and the Lifetime Homes standard, which means they can be adapted to meet the needs of residents in the future.
A Section 106 agreement with Shropshire Council contains a local connection clause that ensures the homes are offered to local people in housing need and on low incomes. The architect is ETC Design, Derek Evans and Partners acted an employers agent and Trowers & Hamlins as solicitors.