We celebrated the completion of 18 affordable homes in Podsmead, Gloucester this week (Thursday, 15 January), with a celebration event at the development.
The 18 homes – 11 for affordable rent and seven for Rent to Homebuy – are located on Shakespeare Avenue and stand on the site of the former Jet and Whittle pub. Built by GreenSquare’s in-house construction firm, the project benefited from a £550,000 grant from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and £157,500 from Gloucester City Council.
GreenSquare’s chief executive Howard Toplis and board chair Hilary Gardner were joined at the site by local Gloucester City Councillor Jennie Dallimore, and other staff who worked on the project, to meet the new residents and have a look at the finished homes.
Howard Toplis said: “We’re really pleased to have been able to build this development made up exclusively of affordable homes to benefit local people. The derelict pub that previously stood on this site had been abandoned for a number of years, so the new homes have really enhanced the look of the local neighbourhood.
“As a proud supporter of the Homes for Britain campaign, which aims to end the housing crisis within a generation, it’s good to know that these new homes will also help to address the housing shortage in this area.”
The homes are a mixture of four, three and two-bedroom properties and include two flats and one wheelchair adapted bungalow. Myleen Tecson recently moved with her husband and two children into the bungalow, which was designed to meet her family’s needs. At the event, Mrs Tecson was presented with a moving-in hamper by Cllr Dallimore and Hilary Gardner to welcome them to her family to their new home.
Myleen Tecson said: “We’re really pleased with our new home. The property is wheelchair accessible, which helps us to meet my disabled daughter’s ongoing needs – before we moved here we lived in a house locally and it was nowhere near as suitable for us as a bungalow is. Now we have much more space, which makes such a difference, so we’re absolutely delighted. All the visitors we have had so far have been really impressed too!”
Jennie Dallimore, Gloucester City Councillor for Podsmead, said: “I’d like to thank GreenSquare for building this development, which has made a really positive addition to Podsmead. All the properties have been beautifully built and provide high quality homes for local residents. It is symbolic of the progress that this community is making in terms of regeneration and I’m looking forward to working with GreenSquare on further community projects in the local area.”
Whilst the building works were underway, the hoardings at the site were given a makeover by local children and Gloucester-based graffiti artist Flava. Together they designed and painted a mural onto the wooden panels to represent ‘The Future of Podsmead’.