Platform Housing Group have officially opened another development in Malvern to provide affordable housing for local residents.
The site at Charlock Road was officially opened today with new resident Deborah McGhee joining dignitaries and Platform staff to tour the site and conduct the ceremony.
In total there are 63 new dwellings, ranging from rented accommodation to shared ownership houses, some of which have solar panels on the roof and electric points installed allowing the charging of electric cars.
The social landlord already manages the Nightingale Road and Pickersleigh Grove developments in the area, with the latter being nominated for an award at the Inside Housing Development Awards in November.
Also in attendance was Harriett Baldwin, MP for West Worcestershire, who commented: “I was delighted to tour this new development and see so many wonderful new homes with views of the Malvern Hills.
“Malvern is one of the least affordable places to live in the West Midlands, so it is important that projects like this give local people a chance to live in a beautiful part of the world near to where they work.
“I was pleased to see that many of the homes have solar panels and potential for electric vehicle charging points as we work towards making our community more carbon neutral.
“I want to congratulate Platform Housing and the developers, Countryside, on this impressive new build project.”
Elizabeth Froude, Group Chief Executive at Platform said,
“Platform’s vision of enabling access to beautiful and affordable housing for as many residents as possible is brough to life in this development. The Malvern area is an important part of our heartland and this is one of several developments we are delivering in the area.”
“This achievement requires the collaboration of good partners including Malvern Hills District Council, Homes England and Countryside who have all worked with us to overcome the many challenges of building new homes during a time of unprecedented events and I would like to sincerely thank them all.”
Daniel McGowan, Chief Executive of Countryside, Midlands, added: “There is always a great sense of pride that accompanies a development opening, giving us a time to reflect on our collective achievements with our partners and the difference the new homes will make to the lives of local people. The year has presented a number of challenges to our industry and I’m very proud of the team’s hard work to strive for uncompromising standards in creating this exceptional new community in Malvern.”
The ceremony falls during Platform’s Communities Connected month, which has seen them organise events and sessions aimed at benefitting local people. Staff and volunteers have taken part in litter picks at various locations in the town and will help out with digital training lessons and information sessions about online scam awareness.
Platform owns over 46,000 homes across the Midlands and recently was shortlisted at the UK Housing Awards for Homebuilder of the Year, recognising the work they do to build communities as well as houses.