Affordable Housing goes to Locals

An affordable housing scheme, which was developed by West Mercia Housing Group and built in 2011 at Chapman’s Orchard, Welland Road, Hanley Swan, has been fully taken up by local people. Comprising 14 houses, it is a mix of nine rental properties and five shared ownership (part-buy part-rent) homes.

The shared ownership properties are made up of two 3-bed houses, which cost £56,000 for a 35% share with a rent of £276.99 per month, and three 2-bed houses costing £50,750 for a 35% share with a rent of £252.22 per month, all including buildings insurance and service charge.

All properties have an air source heat pump for hot water and heating, rainwater harvesting, solar panels for hot water (back up), double-glazed windows, fitted kitchen with oven, hob and extractor, and two parking spaces.

The part-buy part-rent scheme is government-funded and has been running successfully for many years. It enables first-time buyers to purchase a property when they are not able to afford to buy on the open market.