New homes for Merton

mertonroad-webBrand new properties for both first time buyers and people with learning disabilities have been opened in Merton, thanks to the Thames Valley Housing Consortium.

These new homes in South Wimbledon were developed by Thames Valley Housing (TVH) and Ability Housing Association and, along with Merton Council and the former Sutton and Merton Primary Care Trust.

Concord House includes eight bespoke self-contained flats for people with learning disabilities, featuring a communal lounge and staff area. The flats have electric adjustable kitchens, level access shows and hoisting systems. David Williams, Ability CEO, described the block as “the beginning of an exciting journey of personal development for our new tenants”.

Neighbouring Consortia House comprises 9 one and two bedroom shared ownership flats. Geeta Nanda, TVH CEO said “making home ownership in Merton is a real priority for us, and I’m delighted that vital members of the local community – including a taxi driver and a doctor – have benefitted from the flats at Consortia House. The two beautiful blocks are the result of brilliant partnership working between Ability, Merton and us, and I’m excited by the prospect of further ventures in the future.”

Tenants of the new homes, their families, local councillors and others who have helped to make the new development a success, took part in a celebration last week to mark its opening.

Merton Council’s cabinet member for environmental sustainability and regeneration, Councillor Andrew Judge said: “We were determined to remove the blight caused by the previous derelict building and have worked closely with Ability and Thames Valley Housing Associations and with the architect Julian Boswell, to achieve this. It’s an attractive development with high quality residential flats: both in shared ownership and for those with learning disabilities. The building and landscaping are outstanding and these lovely homes will set the standard for independent living in Merton. Everyone should have the chance to enjoy their independence in their own home and I want to thank everybody who have been involved.”

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Editors notes

The Thames Valley Housing Consortium is made up of 5 Registered Providers; Ability Housing Association, Bracknell Forest Homes, Inquilab Housing Association, Richmond Housing Partnership plus lead partner Thames Valley Housing (TVH). Together they have entered into a £15.7 million delivery agreement with the Homes and Communities Agency as part of its Affordable Homes Programme, and will deliver 801 new homes for affordable rent and shared ownership by March 2015.

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