First tenants move into newly built council homes

Published Friday, 6th November 2015
Mayor opens new council homes
Mayor Cllr Maggi Clarke performs the official ribbon-cutting with Chief Executive of Strata Homes Andrew Weaver

The first tenants have moved into four new Council homes built in Bramley.

The properties, on Wadsworth Road, are part of ten Council homes being built within the borough by Strata Homes Ltd for Rotherham Council. 

The two organisations recently held a preview event to mark the completion of the homes. Mayor, Cllr Maggi Clarke, performed the official ribbon cutting ceremony, accompanied by consort, Mr Peter Clarke. 

The Council homes are part of a 49-home development entitled ‘Identity’. The remaining homes are being marketed separately and have proved so popular with purchasers that most of the units have already been sold.  

A condition of planning permission for the development was that ten of the properties would be purchased by Rotherham Council and rented to people in housing need.

The new Council homes are being advertised to potential tenants through the Key Choices Property Services and priority is being given to existing Council tenants who have a need to move.

The units comprise six three-bedroom homes, three two-bedroom homes, and one two-bedroom bungalow, which will be fully adapted and suitable for a wheelchair user. 

In addition to the four already occupied, five units are on track to be handed over to the Council in December. The bungalow will be completed in summer 2016.   

Strata has also made a financial contribution to enable the Council to build a further two bungalows on Council owned land adjacent to the site. The additional bungalows will have three bedrooms and will be allocated to families with a disabled family member.

The latest homes add to the portfolio of 153 new Council homes built since 2010.

Advisory Cabinet Member for Housing and the Local Economy, Cllr Denise Lelliott, said: “It was a pleasure to see the completed homes with tenants moving in and enjoying their new space. These affordable homes are built to a high standard and are very energy efficient. 

“This development will bring new homes to people on the housing waiting list and provide them with a fantastic place to live. They are the kinds of new homes we will continue to build in Rotherham as part of the Council's housing strategy.

“Strata Homes have gone over and above to work with the Council to ensure that much needed specialist housing provision is included within the scheme and we look forward to the next phase in the development.”

Chief Executive of Strata Homes, Andrew Weaver, said: “It was fantastic to welcome the Mayor and the Rotherham Council team to the Identity development; we were delighted to show them around and for all of us to briefly reflect on a job well done. Certainly what came across today was the team spirit and the buzz generated by individuals working together across public and private sectors. We genuinely hope the new tenants enjoy living in their new homes.”