Mr and Mrs Cyder and their three children, aged 7, 5 and 3, took up residence on Thursday 26th February at the development being built by Evolution; a consortium led by Thames Valley Housing working with Kier Partnership Homes.
Vicky Cyder, who works at the nearby Westfield Primary School as a Mid-day Supervisor, had been bidding on Woking Councils Home Trak system for five years, when they were offered their new home at Kingsmoor Park.
Vicky said, “My husband and I both work, but we couldn’t afford to buy a home, as it is so expensive in this area. Then out of the blue our landlord gave us 28 days notice to move out, so we had to move into temporary rented accommodation which was hugely, expensive and left us really struggling.
“This house has come just at the right time. I love my new home and the children are delighted, especially as they now have decent sized rooms to play in.”
The Cyders are the first of 10 families who will move in between now and the end of March., with the development fully occupied by the end of 2016. All the homes will go to people on Woking Borough Council’s housing register.
Geeta Nanda, CEO of TVH said, ‘I’m delighted that the Cyders are so pleased with their new home. High property values and the cost of developing land mean people in this area, on lower incomes, often end up living in less than desirable accommodation. It is gratifying that we’ve been able to contribute to providing really good quality; affordable homes which help address this.
The development is made up of mainly of two, three and four bedroom houses, and one and two bed apartments. Eight homes are being built for wheelchair use. As well as the 224 social homes, Kier are building 147 homes for sale through the private market.
Cllr David Bittleston, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Strategic Development Projects said, “Providing affordable housing is one of the Council’s key priorities, so I am delighted to welcome the Cyders family, as well as the other nine families, to their new home. Over the coming months, more good quality, affordable homes will be delivered by Evolution that will go some way to meeting the needs of more local families now and in the future.”
As residents move into the homes, Thames Valley Housing will become the landlord, responsible for all aspects of managing the properties including maintenance, repairs and housing management services, as well as community engagement.
Five roads within the development have been named after servicemen from the local area, who fell on the battlefield during World War 1. The names were chosen as part of a project carried out by the pupils of Westfield Primary School to mark the centenary of the outbreak of The Great War. A memorial service was held at Kingsmoor Park in November last year, with the relatives of the servicemen, in attendance.
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Notes to Editors
Thames Valley Housing is based in Twickenham, West London and delivers housing for a wide range of people. Founded in 1966, the association manages and administers over 14,500 properties in London, Middlesex, Berkshire, Surrey, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Wiltshire and Sussex. Thames Valley Housing aims to meet the aspirations of all our customers and residents, helping them to get the home they want or need at the outset, providing further opportunities to move or buy later should they wish. It provides affordable rented homes, HomeBuy, market rent and key worker accommodation, including the staff accommodation for eight NHS Trusts.