Open Day Celebrates Neighbourhood Transformation

A flagship housing development bringing regeneration and improvements to the Knutton and Cross Heath area of Newcastle-under-Lyme will be showcased this week.

The £7.5m development, creating 80 new properties, has been created by Aspire Housing in partnership with developers Kier Partnership Homes and with funding from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).

Aspire Housing- part of the Aspire Group – provides around 20,000 customers with quality affordable homes and services in North Staffordshire.

An open day to showcase the scheme takes place on Thursday 3 March. From 10am visitors are invited to the show-home on Lymebrook Way, Cross Heath.

This event will also celebrate the success achieved by development partners who have worked extensively with the local community to regenerate the area.

Guests will also have the chance to find out about available property options including shared-ownership. Already 15 homes have been sold, subject to contract, under shared ownership arrangements through Aspire Housing.

A further 33 homes have already been let or provisionally let to people on the Newcastle-under-Lyme housing waiting list and more homes will be advertised as they are completed.

The development is part of the wider transformation of Knutton and Cross Heath, which also includes Mill Rise Village, a multi-award winning retirement scheme which also received £6.4m investment through the HCA.

Mill Rise was recently crowned the best housing village for older people in England. It incorporates 60 apartments and offers supported homes for the over 55s. The new development also includes a new health centre.

Sinéad Butters, chief executive of the Aspire Group, said: “The Aspire Group does much more than build and rent houses, we help to create prosperous, vibrant and inclusive communities.

“Our new Lymebrook Way development 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.

“The new homes are an example of the excellent quality we believe local people deserve.”

The development includes a mix of stylish homes, from four bedroom family houses to two bedroom bungalows.

A shared ownership option means you can buy a 50% initial share in a property with the remainder paid in rent.

Development partners include Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).

Mark Vaughan, Investment and Regeneration Manager for the HCA said: “This scheme is a significant step forward in the regeneration of the area and the HCA is pleased our investment is enabling these much-needed new homes to be delivered.”

Cllr. Robin Studd, Cabinet member for regeneration and planning at Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, said: “This is a fantastic scheme which offers a wide choice of high quality housing options to the whole community while breathing new life into Knutton and Cross Heath.

“It will help local families on low incomes to stay in the borough and first-time buyers to get on the property ladder.

“The borough council is committed to working with partners to develop affordable housing schemes and build sustainable communities.”

The show-home is now open Monday – 1.30pm to 4pm, Tuesday – 9.30am to 4pm and Thursday – 9.30am to 4pm.