Our new development off Whitchurch Road, Prees will provide 27 energy efficient homes.
This community led scheme will feature a mix of one, two and three bedroom houses and bungalows available for affordable rent and shared ownership late 2022. Priority will be given to people with a connection to the local area.
These new energy efficient homes are being built to nationally described space standards and feature: PV solar panels, air source heating, ‘A’ energy efficiency rating, low energy costs, gardens and parking.
About this development
What is a community led scheme?
A community project group engage with partners and act as a voice for the expectations of the local community. Helping to develop a suitable housing scheme for the village or town. They help with decisions including house type, design and energy efficiency.
Who makes up the project group for this scheme?
The group, known as the Project Board, is made up of representatives from the Prees Parish Council, residents of Prees, The Wrekin Housing Group, Shropshire Council and building consultants.
Who are The Wrekin Housing Group?
The Wrekin Housing Group is a Community Benefit Society that provides housing and care services which deliver social value across Shropshire, Staffordshire and Telford & Wrekin. As one of the West Midlands largest social housing providers we provide over 13,000 homes for affordable rent and low cost home ownership. As a socially minded organisation we work across communities to make a difference to people’s lives.
Who decides who will live in the new homes?
A subgroup from the Project Board set criteria for the selection of residents. This will take in to account the needs of local people.
How are potential residents selected?
Tenants will be allocated properties via Shropshire Council's housing list Shropshire Homepoint. Priority will be given to people with a connection to the local area.
How do I apply for one of the new homes?
If you are interested in applying for a home you must register with Shropshire Homepoint.
How are the new homes affordable?
The homes will be built to a high energy efficiency rating which will reduce heating and electric costs. The homes will also be rented at an ‘affordable rent’ depending on house type with rent not exceeding Local Housing Allowance which is the maximum housing benefit an applicant can receive per property type if in full receipt of housing benefit. These figures can be found on Shropshire Councils website.
How long will the new homes remain affordable?
The homes will always be classed as affordable.
How energy efficient are the homes?
The project group have worked hard with The Wrekin Housing Group, energy consultants and the developers to provide a proposal for planning of ‘A’ rated energy efficiency homes using air source heating pumps and photovoltaic panels to ensure heating costs are low and properties retain heat more efficiently.
How many homes will be available for purchase?
Excluding the bungalows 30% or six houses within the development will be available on a shared ownership basis. This is where first-time buyers or people who are unable to purchase a house on the open market, have the opportunity to purchase a minimum 25% share in a property and rent the remaining share of the property from Wrekin.
The Wrekin Housing Group are working in partnership with the local Parish Council, Shropshire Council and Right Home Right Place to develop homes suitable and affordable for the Prees Parish.