10 new homes at Arnett Avenue have now been handed over to Loddon Homes, ready to welcome members of the Gorse Ride South community as part of the first phase of the Council’s ambitious regeneration plans for the area.
3 of the 10 new homes have been purchased outright by existing homeowners within the Gorse Ride community, with the remaining 7 allocated for social rent to residents transferring from elsewhere within Gorse Ride (as part of the wider regeneration programme).
David Hunter, acting Chair of the Loddon Homes Board, commented; “We are extremely excited to be in receipt of the first new homes at Arnett Avenue. We have a total of 46 new homes being delivered as part of the Gorse Ride South Regeneration Programme, and are delighted to see the outstanding quality and high specification of these homes and their outdoor areas become reality. More importantly we cannot wait for the residents to enjoy homes they can be proud of – that’s really what is at the core of building communities to last in Wokingham Borough – the cornerstone to our growing portfolio of supported, social, affordable and shared ownership homes”.
The construction of the two and three bed houses, was overseen by Wokingham Borough Council’s Development Team, working with Loddon Homes to ensure the design and build met the criteria of high-quality, energy efficient, affordable housing for the Borough.
Cllr John Kaiser, Portfolio holder for housing said; “This development has really benefited from careful planning to future-proof not only the buildings themselves, but the communities that will live there. Bright and spacious living areas combined with large bedrooms and impressive modern amenities such as solar panels and electric car charging points, emphasise our position at the forefront of providing the best local and affordable housing”.
Elizabeth Atkins, one of the new residents of Arnett Avenue, shared the enthusiasm of all involved in bringing this phase of the development to fruition – saying of her new home: “I feel so fortunate to be able to live here, the property is beautiful and designed so well, with spacious rooms and so much natural light from the large windows. It’s also amazing to look at from the outside! Lots of people have already complimented the use of different building materials. I am very much looking forward to a long, fulfilled life in this new home with my family. I am so thankful to everyone who made it happen”.
The eagerly anticipated release of the remainder of phase one, a suite of 16 one and two bed apartments for social rent and 20 one and two bed apartments for shared ownership, are due for hand over later this summer.