Councillor Caroline Salmon, Chairman of Mole Valley District Council, celebrated the construction of 29 new affordable homes in Ashtead on Monday.
Councillor Salmon said, “It’s a privilege to have been able to visit this site to see these much needed affordable homes.
Their successful delivery, to such a high standard is a tribute to effective partnership working between Thames Valley Housing, Mole Valley District Council and the contractor, Bewley Homes.
The 14 homes for social rent and 15 homes for shared ownership are all beautifully designed within a delightful setting. There is a play area for children and a cricket pitch nearby. The homes are close to the shops, bus links, and the train station. All these features will ensure this is a truly sustainable community.”
The homes have been built on the site of the former girls’ school, Parsons Mead, which closed in 2006.
The two shared ownership blocks have been named after two people linked to the school and the local community. Dawson Court is named after Barbara Dawson, the last housemistress at Parsons Mead before it closed.
Cunliffe Court has been named after former pupil, Stella Cunliffe, MBE, who was best known for her outstanding civic work, including roles as Board Member of two housing associations and Chair of the school’s Board of Governors. She passed away in January of this year
Geeta Nanda, CEO of TVH, said, “These two people contributed greatly to both the local area and also to the wider community. This development will continue that tradition, albeit by providing homes and an environment residents can enjoy and take pride in.
The split of homes; 15 for shared ownership and 14 for social rent, is particularly important as house prices in Ashtead are the second highest in Surrey. The shared ownership homes will allow people, who could not otherwise afford it, to get a foot onto the property ladder.
The rented homes will allow people on very low incomes to live in really desirable homes in a thriving community. I’m really pleased we’ve been able to contribute to affordable housing in Mole Valley.”