A new development providing 39 much-needed affordable rent and shared ownership homes has been official opened by Cottsway on former industrial land in the Cotswold town of Tetbury.
The Mayor of Tetbury, Councillor Sandra Ball, and Deputy Mayor, Councillor Kevin Painter, were among guests who gathered at Hatter Close on the new Amberley Park development, built in partnership with Bewley Homes, for the opening yesterday (Tuesday 30th October).
Cottsway’s Interim Chair Richard Purchase and Councillor Stephen Hirst, Cabinet Member for Housing, Health for Cotswold District Council and Tetbury ward member for both Cotswold and Gloucestershire County Councils, opened the event and welcomed new residents.
Flowers were presented to one of those residents, Deborah McIntyre, who was living in a caravan before moving into her new one-bedroom Cottsway apartment.
The Cottsway development is part of the wider Amberley Park scheme and includes 39 one- to four-bed homes – 21 for rent and 18 for shared ownership.
Vivian Rosser, Chief Executive of Cottsway, said: “There are over 1,875 households waiting for rented accommodation across the Cotswolds and there is limited access to private-rented housing – which is expensive. Average house prices in Tetbury are eight times’ higher than the average £25,000 income for a couple in the Cotswolds, so for many purchasing a property is out-of-reach, with more than 660 people on the waiting list for shared ownership homes.
“It is clear that affordable homes are desperately needed and that is why it is so important that we are building new homes like those at Amberley Park. We are delighted to have officially opened this scheme.
“It is the first time we have worked with Bewley Homes and we are proud to be partnering with organisations like them, and working with local authorities like Cotswold District Council, to find solutions and deliver homes for those in housing need.”
Cottsway tenant Deborah, 55, is settling into her new home and said she feels ‘truly blessed’.
Deborah, who works in Cirencester for a medical engineering company, said: “I’d been through a really difficult time, going from being settled in a home and married, to having nothing. I was at my wit’s end, but didn’t think I would qualify for a house.
“When I found out about the flat, I was ecstatic. It’s still very emotional for me and I’m so grateful. Cottsway have been wonderful and I feel truly blessed that someone is now looking out for me. Getting a home here has provided me with stability; I’m working full-time and can have my granddaughter to stay, and I’ve also been able to be reunited with my 13-year-old dog Zack. It’s a lovely development and I’m so happy to be part of what I think is going to be a really good community.”
Jane Bailey, Sales Manager at Bewley, the design-led developer, adds: “We are incredibly proud of our award winning development at Amberley Park. The properties here fulfil all the ideals we strive each day to achieve – creating exquisite homes, built to the highest quality and finished to the most meticulous of standards.”