Affordable Homes replace Tamworth Garage

Saturday, 29th March 2014

The home of a former Tamworth garage, Station Motors Ltd on Victoria Road, is about to become home for six local families.

Five three-bedroom townhouses and a two-bedroom apartment have just been completed at the site by property contractor Long Brothers Leicester Ltd for Waterloo Housing Group.

The new affordable housing, located close to the town centre, has been developed by Waterloo in partnership with Tamworth Borough Council.

It includes four rented homes, which are let to people registered with the council’s lettings scheme, and two homes sold to local families on a part-buy and part-rent basis through shared ownership.

The site’s journey from a commercial garage to affordable housing is a poignant one, as it was the wish of the site’s former owner, Mary Thompson, that the development should provide affordable housing for local people.

As a further mark of her wishes and legacy, the development is named after her first husband John Charles Fernyhough and called John’s Court. John Fernyhough owned and managed the garage business at Victoria Road prior to his death in 1969.

Representatives from the family and the partners involved in the project visited the new properties yesterday (26 March), just before they are handed over and residents prepare to move in.

Michael Thompson, Mary’s second husband, said: “Sadly, Mary passed away before being able to see these fine new homes finished. But I know she would have been very satisfied with what has been achieved in rejuvenating the site for affordable housing and how well the homes blend into the existing street scene. I am proud to have been involved with the design and build process for this quality development.”

The £0.8 million development by Waterloo has been supported by £232,000 of investment grant from the Homes and Communities Agency.

Councillor Michael Greatorex, Tamworth Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “This is yet another example of how working together can help provide needed affordable, good quality housing for Tamworth residents.

“I am delighted to see that six local families will benefit from this project; both through rentals and also helping people to get on the property ladder. This development is especially moving as it was the site’s former owner’s wishes to see it provide affordable homes.

“It is just one of a number of schemes we are working on to increase affordable, good quality housing in the borough, which has a positive effect both on people’s lives and also health.”

The properties are built to Lifetime Homes design standards to ensure they are accessible and adaptable. The homes also meet level 3 of the Code for Sustainable Homes to help reduce energy costs for residents.

Waterloo Housing Group is working with Tamworth Borough Council to develop more new affordable housing in the town, including opportunities to buy a home through shared ownership.  To find out more about buying through shared ownership, please visit www.waterloohomes.org.uk