New Homes at the Old School
Trent & Dove Housing’s development of 16 affordable homes on the site of the old Berry Hedge Lane school was officially opened, as residents moving into their new homes were welcomed by the Homes & Communities Agency’s (HCA), Executive Director for the Midlands, Paul Spooner and John Jackson, chair of Trent & Dove Housing.
Litchfield based contractor, South Mills Country Homes which developed the brownfield site, first brought the scheme to Trent & Dove in 2009. They have ensured that the essence of the old school site has been preserved within the design of the properties and this can especially be seen with key features such as the gothic style windows built into the apartments. There are 12 two-bedroom houses and 4 two-bedroom apartments within this £1.3m scheme, all of which incorporate highly energy efficient, heating boilers to ensure homes are warm, whilst keeping down heating costs for the tenants and there are garden sheds and a cycle store for use by residents.
Steve Grocock, Trent & Dove’s Director of Property Services said, “Insulation levels are high and, coupled with energy efficient central heating, it should help keep heating costs down for tenants. The excellent design of these new homes reflects the site’s history as a junior school and fits in well with the surrounding area.”
“These are the first homes we have completed as part of Trent & Dove’s agreed contract with the West Midlands based development consortium, Matrix Housing Partnership. The HCA under its Affordable Homes Programme awarded Matrix £30m of grant to deliver over 1500 homes in the West Midlands over the next four years. It means that East Staffordshire and South Derbyshire will benefit through Trent & Dove’s house building programme.”