Posted on 1 October 2018
Telford and Wrekin Mayor unveils new social housing development for Wrockwardine Wood locals
Trident Group’s new housing development in Telford was launched at the weekend, Saturday, 29 September, by the region’s Mayor at a community day held in Oakengates town centre.
Keys to eight, two and three bedroom bungalows, and forty five, two and three bedroom, houses at Trident’s Wrockwardine Wood development were handed to families, over a course of several months, who have eagerly moved into their new homes.
The £7.5 million development will further release four, two bedroom, homes quickly followed by four apartments, which is part of the development’s Phase 2, in late October, offering a lifeline to many local residents otherwise priced out of an area they have known all their lives.
One of the development’s first resident to receive keys during a phased handover earlier this year, Gary Butler said: “Me and my wife Marie have lived locally for decades and owned our previous home for 37 years, but we were looking to downsize and also make things easier. Our new bungalow from Trident Group has helped us a lot.”
Mr Butler added “I know a good building when I see one and you cannot fault what they’ve built here, the workmanship on these homes is second to none. Our new home offers us peaceful surroundings, a great community and my daughter’s home is literally a five minute walk up the road. My wife hasn’t given our previous home a second thought.”
Meeting the locals of Wrockwardine Wood, the Mayor of the Borough of Telford and Wrekin, Councillor Raj Mehta, said, “It is fantastic to see yet another development has been successfully delivered in our Borough. This particular development is the last to be launched within the 50th year of Telford as a New Town and I would like to take the opportunity to encourage our residents to find out more about this exciting expansion. It is wonderful to see Trident Group continue to shape this Telford and I hope to see them grow further in years to come.”
Anne Twynam, Head of Housing at Trident Group said: “The new development is on the site of the former Wrockwardine Wood Art College in the heart of Oakengates and addresses a need for more affordable social housing in the area. There are a mixture of houses, bungalows and flats and the scheme has been carefully designed to provide high quality properties with plenty of green space. This is Trident Group’s first development in Telford and we are confident that it will be the start of a productive relationship with the Council which will contribute to creating a positive social impact by enabling people to remain in the area and keep the community strong. We hope that the residents will be proud to call Clocktower Avenue and Pegasus Close home and enjoy working with us to create a sustainable and vibrant environment.”
Trident Group’s 61 home development was a design and build collaboration with Matrix Housing Partnership, a unique not-for-profit cooperative of housing associations of which Trident Group is a member. The Government recently announced this Summer that it was awarding £77 million to the Matrix Housing Partnership as part of aims to get more than 14,000 affordable homes built nationwide over the next four years.
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