Lord Mayor officially opens Garibaldi Close development

A £2.5 million development of well designed, energy efficient homes was handed over to residents this week.

Stoke-on-Trent Housing Society Chairman Trevor Jones hands over the keys to Aspire Housing’s first customer at Garibaldi Close.Stoke-on-Trent Lord Mayor Terry Fellows officially opened the development at Garibaldi Close, Etruria, welcoming Aspire Housing’s first tenant, Vikki Cave, to her new home.

The development by the Stoke-on-Trent Housing Society, is being let and sold by Aspire Housing. The Aspire Group manages the society’s 500 homes

The Garibaldi development comprises 21 two and three bedroom properties, 18 of which are for rent and three for shared ownership, for sale through Aspire Housing.

Shared ownership is when buyers purchase an initial 50% share in a property and pay rent on the rest to help them get on the property ladder.

The development was funded by the Homes and Communities Agency and Stoke-on-Trent Housing Society. The regeneration project has taken place at a prominent city gateway location in Etruria, close to the A53.

Trevor Jones, Stoke-on-Trent Housing Society Chairman, paid tribute to all the partner organisations involved in the project: “I’m really excited about the development. We have regenerated a run down area, providing better quality homes for the local community. The unique design of the properties have made the area more attractive as well as improving insulation and reducing heating bills. We hope to build on this and develop more new properties and increase social housing in Stoke-on-Trent.”

Sinéad Butters, Aspire Group chief executive, said: “I congratulate Stoke-on-Trent Housing Society on this striking development and look forward to working with them in the future.”

Vikki Cave, 28, who has two children, Daniel, 7 and Charlie, 5, said: “I’m very excited to be the first person to move in to this development. It is so much better than any other property I have seen by a mile and is safe for the children. It’s in a good location, and I love the design of the houses – especially the large windows.”

Councillor Gwen Hassall, cabinet member for housing and neighbourhoods, said: “The development shows a significant investment in the local area and provides much needed housing for tenants while at the same time encouraging them to be independent and retaining their sense of community.”