Mayor opens new affordable homes in Cranleigh

The Worshipful the Mayor of Waverley, Cllr. Tony Gordon-Smith, with our Development Director, Mark Allnutt and other guests at Rowland House

The Worshipful the Mayor of Waverley, Cllr. Tony Gordon-Smith, with our Development Director, Mark Allnutt and other guests at Rowland House

A new development of affordable homes in Cranleigh was opened by The Worshipful the Mayor of Waverley, Cllr. Tony Gordon-Smith at a ceremony held on Monday 19th November.

Speaking at the event the Mayor said: “I am delighted to be able to officially declare this development complete.    One of our key priorities as a Local Authority, is to provide really good quality affordable housing.  The 39 homes, all built to a high design standard in a delightful setting, certainly fulfil this requirement.   I would be delighted to see one of my grand children having such a lovely home.  The development stands as a tribute to the hard work and commitment of all the organizations involved and I thank all those in this partnership for producing such an attractive and well designed corner of Cranleigh.

Rowland House comprises 27 homes for social rent, 8 homes for affordable home ownership and 4 Supported Living flats.   It has been built by a partnership between Thames Valley Housing (TVH), Waverley Borough Council and Wilmott Dixon Ltd.

Mark Allnutt, Development Director at Thames Valley Housing, said: “I am delighted we’ve provided a range of homes, including homes for larger families and Supported Living homes.   In an area where it can cost over £1,000 a month to rent a two bedroom house, providing affordable homes for all sections of the community is vital.”

The Supported Living homes are for residents with learning disabilities, who need support so they can live independently in the community.  They will be managed by Whitmore Vale Housing Association who provide residential care homes and support services for adults with learning disabilities.

Ryan Kelley, CEO of Whitmore Vale said, “The inclusion of the Supported Living flats represents a very positive view taken by Waverley Council towards meeting the needs of the whole community.  This will enable Whitmore Vale to extend its provision in West Surrey for some of the most needy people in our society.’’

The development also retains the former Day Care Centre, which is now Rowley’s Centre for the Community, affiliated to Age UK, Waverley, but run independently by Rowleys Management Committee.

TVH purchased the site, which was occupied by a vacant sheltered housing scheme, from Waverley Borough Council.  TVH led on the design and build of the development. The Homes and Communities Agency provided grant funding to support the development of the scheme.

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Editors notes

Thames Valley Housing is based in Twickenham, South West London and houses a wide range of people who have many different needs.


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