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Work starts on our new retirement living homes in Kinver

Construction work has commenced on our ambitious plans to build 20 new homes for older people, in Kinver.

The development is designed for people who want to live independently, with the reassurance of access to care and support provided by Housing Plus Group member Care Plus.

Bungalows on the site at The Burgesses, which were outdated and no longer fit for their original use, have been knocked down to make way for a purpose-built three-storey complex of modern, spacious, self-contained apartments. A communal social space and roof terrace will also be provided, along with secure car parking.

The project has received strong support from residents who previously lived in The Burgesses and from people living in Kinver who may need to move into more suitable retirement living accommodation in the future.

Former Burgesses resident Bev said he is looking forward to being one of the first to move into the development and is going to enjoy watching his new home being built.

The new homes form part of our ambitious pledge to build 2,000 much-needed new homes for rent, shared ownership and outright sale by 2023, helping to tackle the national housing crisis.

Our head of development, Sepp Sargeant, believes this development is a great example of working in partnership to regenerate outdated housing stock to provide additional high-quality homes more suited to current and future housing needs.

His views are shared by Matthew Roberts, construction director at SJ Roberts Construction Ltd, who said his company was delighted to be working with Housing Plus Group on another very prestigious regeneration project and providing the homes that the prominent site on the village’s high street deserves.

During the build process the company will also work hard to engage with the community, including the local schools while Parish Councillor Steve Anderson said the Parish Council will work with partners throughout the construction to ensure minimum disruption for neighbours and local businesses.

A lot of work has been undertaken to ensure that the building design complements the high street, and the new homes which will be available for social rent are scheduled to be completed late 2021.

Photograph: Hats off to a new beginning for The Burgesses – picture taken before social distancing guidelines were introduced.