Broxtowe Borough Council was hosting a visit by a delegation from Myszków County in southern Poland. Broxtowe and Myszków have a Friendship and Cooperation agreement with each other. As part of their tour the delegation was shown around the nearly completed scheme of 36 houses and bungalows for affordable rent at Chewton Street.
The delegation was led by Wojciech Picheta, Starost of Myszków County. After looking around the site, he said: “We are very positive about the homes, in Poland municipal affordable housing is mainly in high rise apartment blocks. We like the quality of the properties at Chewton Street, and the use of technology. It is very important to follow the standards set here and that we learn from the experience of our partners in the UK.”
Samantha Veal, who heads the development team for Derby based housing provider Derwent Living showed the visitors around the site. She said: “We were delighted to receive the Polish visitors and show them around the Chewton Street development. It was a great opportunity to show people from outside the UK how housing associations, developers and local authorities can work in partnership and deliver high quality affordable homes.”
Ted Czerniak, Director of Housing, Leisure & Culture at Broxtowe Borough Council said: “The development has generated huge and very positive local interest. This much needed affordable accommodation is presented in a very attractive way and enjoys great kerb appeal. The only downside is that we have more people than there are houses and demand is such that some aspirations for such a quality home will remain unfulfilled.”
The building project is costing £3.6 million and has attracted grant of £585,000 from the Homes and Communities Agency as well being funded by Derwent Living and Broxtowe Borough Council. It has been built by Westleigh Developments, with Head of Investment and Partnership, Gary Turner commenting, “We are extremely proud that other countries are looking at Chewton Street as an example of how partnership schemes can deliver high quality affordable homes. It is a great result for the local community and these new homes will help to ease the ever growing demand for new housing.
“The scheme itself is part of Westleigh’s ongoing commitment to affordable housing which will result in over 2,000 new homes right across the Midlands, with Nottingham set to gain 332 new homes by next year.”
The Chewton Street development is made up of four bungalows with wetrooms, 17 two-bedroom houses and 15 three-bedroom houses. The properties are being advertised through Broxtowe Borough Council’s choice based lettings system.