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New housing making a difference for local residents

16 August 2018

Residents are beginning to enjoy new housing from Newark and Sherwood Homes and Newark and Sherwood District Council, as the first tenants move into properties which have been built as part of the council’s development programme to deliver an additional 335 homes over five years.

Trish McGuiness, 66, and her husband John McGuiness, 62, have moved into a new build bungalow in Hawtonville after applying to the Council for housing, after Trish was diagnosed with health problems and the house they were living in was no longer suitable.

The property has full ground floor access facilities and an enclosed garden, which is a generous size, easy to manage and ideal for their two dogs and entertaining their several grandchildren.

Commenting on how she felt when viewing the property for the first time, Trish McGuiness said: “I felt at home as soon as I walked in and couldn’t stop smiling. It is in a lovely location, with a field across the road which is great for our two dogs. There is a lot to see and do in the garden and the grandchildren never want to go home! Newark and Sherwood District Council and Newark and Sherwood Homes have been absolutely brilliant and so helpful and we now live in a house which fully meets our needs.”

Rebecca Rance, chief executive at Newark and Sherwood Homes, said: “We are committed to building homes for local people, giving them access to housing that meets their needs. Stories like Trish and Johns’ remind us how important it is that we continue to invest in housing and it is wonderful to see bricks and mortar turned into a warm family home.”

Councillor Bruce Laughton, chairman of the district council’s homes and communities committee, said: “The council, in partnership with Newark and Sherwood Homes, has approved and is now delivering an ambitious five-year council housing development programme to meet the needs of local people such as Trish and John McGuiness. The delivery of new affordable housing is a strategic priority for the council, with the need to develop a mixture of homes to meet the requirements of younger people, families with young children and older people across the district’s urban and rural communities.”

The homes have been built by local construction company, Woodhead Construction.

Jenna Frudd, Head of Business Development for Woodhead Group, said: “It’s great to see the difference these homes are making to local people and communities across the district. We strongly believe in building partnerships with local authorities and housing companies like we have done in the Newark and Sherwood district, to help us not just build new homes, but stronger communities.

“Being a local business ourselves, we’re committed to sourcing as much local labour as we can, and working with as many small local businesses as possible, to help drive the local economy and build strong ties with the area.”