SIX Chorley families will be able to move into new, energy efficient, affordable homes by the summer. And news that Shropshire Rural Housing Association is fighting back against the economic downturn by going ahead with the scheme has been welcomed.
The six homes will consist of four three-bedroomed and two two-bedroomed properties. All the houses will be built to Code 3 of the sustainable homes standard, which will mean they are more energy efficient – something that is vital given the constant rises in fuel bills.
“This is a good news story,” said chairman of the Shropshire Rural Housing Association, councillor Heather Kidd.
“We can continue to employ Shropshire construction company SJ Roberts and that means Shropshire people stay in their jobs. On top of that, six families from the Chorley area will have great new houses too”.
The new houses in Chorley will have a high level of insulation in the lofts, the walls and also between the timbers. Floors will also be insulated with ground source heat pumps.
Heather Kidd said the pumps were cost effective when put in from the start, but could cost a lot of money if they were added later on.
“We’ve seen examples of other houses that have already been built within the Shropshire Rural Housing Association, with heating bills costing as little £14 for the quarter,” she said.
“The houses will be built on an exemption site, which means they will only be available for local people to buy, possibly just within the parish of Chorley – it’s that local.
“At present we can only build houses when there is a definite need, but what we are finding is when the houses are put up for sale, we have double the amount of people applying for them.”
Bridgnorth District Council and chairman of resources Councillor Madge Shineton said: “We want to stress that housing associations like ours have not shut up shop. We will continue to build. We will fight hard to press the powers that be to help us (and other housing associations) to get the grant funding we need and be able to borrow against our business case and build more housing for local people.”
Rosemary Abbiss, chairman of housing management, added: “There is no better time for us to be providing housing, as more people struggle with bills and unemployment. “We need to do our bit to help deal with the need. These houses will be finished by early summer and let to locals.”