Kingsmoor Park given official nod

SEAL OF APPROVAL – Kier Project Manager Chris Ott; Chief Executive Officer of Thames Valley Housing, Geeta Nanda; HCA Chairman Robert Napier; council Chief Executive Ray Morgan; and Councillor David Bittleston at the Kingsmoor Park development site

SEAL OF APPROVAL – Kier Project Manager Chris Ott; Chief Executive Officer of Thames Valley Housing, Geeta Nanda; HCA Chairman Robert Napier; council Chief Executive Ray Morgan; and Councillor David Bittleston at the Kingsmoor Park development site

THE first of 371 homes at the Kingsmoor Park development are close to completion.

Senior representatives from the Government’s Homes and Communities Agency visited Woking’s latest housing development on the border of Westfield Common on Tuesday last week to give their seal of approval to the properties, which will welcome their first residents at the end of this month.

Chairman of the HCA, Robert Napier, joined Woking Borough Council’s Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Strategic Development Projects, Councillor David Bittleston, as well as representatives from Evolution – the consortium Thames Valley Housing formed with Kier Partnership Homes to deliver the project – for a tour of site.

Mr Napier, whose department’s job is to make more homes and business premises available while also regulating social housing providers, said: “It has been a pleasure today to meet all the organisations involved in making this great development happen.

“It is providing affordable family homes where they are very much needed, giving the opportunity for families to grow and remain close to their local area.”

Woking has a considerable shortfall in affordable homes, created by the pressures of high property values and the cost of land for development, which is why the Kingsmoor development is being hailed a success by council chiefs.

Cllr Bittlestone explained: “With considerable support from the HCA, and by working in partnership with Evolution, the council has been able to facilitate the Kingsmoor Park development.

“It will contribute significantly to the council’s homes strategy by delivering much-needed decent, affordable and sustainable housing that will assist local families now and in the future.”

Once complete, Kingsmoor will comprise 371 family homes, of which 224 will be affordable, with the remaining 147 for private sale.

The two, three and four-bed houses, and one and two-bed apartments, are designed to meet ‘decent’ and ‘lifetime’ home standards sympathetic to the environment, the community and the changing needs and lifestyles of occupants.

Kier has designed the homes, of which eight are to be adapted for wheelchair use, and is responsible for their construction. Thames Valley Housing will act as the social landlord, responsible for all aspects of managing the properties, including maintenance, repairs and housing services, as well as community engagement.

 

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