Multi-million pound regeneration projects have boosted two North Staffordshire neighbourhoods, bringing new homes, shops and community facilities to the region.
Ingestre square opening outside Blurton community hubAspire Housing has been working with the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and other local partners to deliver the developments – a £7.1m scheme at Ingestre Square, in Blurton, Stoke-on-Trent, and a £7.6m project in Lymebrook Way, Cross Heath, Newcastle-under-Lyme.
With Ingestre Square officially unveiled on Tuesday 8 March and Lymebrook Way launched just a week earlier, on Thursday 3 March, Aspire Housing has proved that the prevailing economic conditions are no barrier to delivering successful housing and regeneration projects.
Sinéad Butters, Aspire Group chief executive, said: “Aspire is delighted to have led the redevelopment of both Ingestre Square and Lymebrook Way.
“Our overall aim is to help revitalise these communities and the Ingestre Square redevelopment certainly provides both a renewed central area for Blurton, as well as essential affordable housing.
And Lymebrook Way is a flagship example of how we and our partners have worked with local people to make our neighbourhoods attractive and desirable places to live.
“In total there are 121 new properties and they are an example of the excellent quality we believe local people deserve.”
Ingestre Square saw Aspire Housing work closely with Stoke-on-Trent City Council to deliver:
41 mixed tenure affordable homes – 22 two-bedroom apartments for social rent, four three-bedroom houses for social rent, two four-bedroom houses for social rent, seven three-bedroom houses for shared ownership, and six four-bedroom houses for shared ownership.
A community hub which will deliver social and learning activities for local people and offer corporate space for hire.
Six new retail units.
Car parking, landscaping, secure yards and signage.
The new community hub will be run by a management committee responsible for governance, finance, legal and administrative issues regarding the facility, and will give local people the chance to develop their skills and promote the venue to businesses.
Derek Ecclestone, chairman of the Blurton Farm Residents Association, said: “It’s an exciting time for the people of Blurton and the area looks tremendous. Not only does this bring business premises but it also boosts the social side, which we’ve lacked in Blurton for some time.”
At Lymebrook Way, Aspire Housing’s £7.5m development has created 80 new properties after a successful partnership with developers Kier Partnership Homes.
The scheme includes a mix of stylish homes, from four bedroom family houses to two bedroom bungalows. There are a range of ownership options – and 15 homes have already been sold, subject to contract, under shared ownership arrangements.
A further 33 homes have already been let or provisionally let to people on the Newcastle-under-Lyme housing waiting list.
The development is part of the wider transformation of Knutton and Cross Heath area, which also includes Mill Rise Village, a multi-award winning retirement scheme, which was recently crowned the best housing village for older people in England.
Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council was also a key partner at Lymebrook Way, along with the Homes and Communities Agency.
Mark Vaughan, investment and regeneration manager for the Midlands HCA team said: “We are really pleased that HCA investment has enabled Aspire and its partners to forge ahead with the regeneration of the area, creating high quality affordable homes and community facilities for the area.”
Aspire Housing – part of the Aspire Group – provides around 20,000 customers with quality affordable homes and services in North Staffordshire.