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Work underway on 20 affordable homes in Baschurch


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Work underway on 20 affordable homes in Baschurch 

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Construction is underway on a housing development that will provide much-needed homes for affordable rent and shared ownership in a Shropshire village.

Housing Plus Group was granted planning permission for 20 new homes on Ruyton Road, in Baschurch, and they are now taking shape ahead of their planned completion next year.

The homes, developed with £1,006,000 in funding from Homes England and a £125,000 subsidy from Shropshire Council, include a mixture of one-bedroom apartments, one and two-bedroom bungalows and two and three-bedroom houses.

Representatives from Housing Plus Group joined Shropshire Council for a recent site visit.

Sarah Boden, Chief executive of Housing Plus Group, explained: "Everyone deserves high-quality, affordable housing and with the support of Homes England and Shropshire Council, we're excited to be taking the lead on this landmark project.

"This project has also won the backing of local councillors who recognised a real need for affordable housing in the village and as work is progressing well on site, we can look forward to welcoming the first of our tenants next Spring and helping them settle into their new homes."

The development marks another key milestone in Housing Plus Group's ambitious plansto buildnew homes for rent, shared ownership and outright sale in Staffordshire and Shropshire.

Kerry Bolister, Director of development at Housing Plus Group, said: "We would like to thank Shropshire Council and Homes England for supporting this development that incorporates the latest ‘green' technology, including solar PV panels.

"These features will improve the energy efficiency of the new homes and reduce the overall running costs for our customers.

"We're very confident that the project will bring huge benefits to the local community and make a positive difference to people's lives for many years to come."

The site visit itself offered an insight into the excellent progress being made by Housing Plus Group's construction partner on the project, TC Homes.

Among those taking part was Cllr Dean Carroll, Shropshire Council's Cabinet Member for Growth, Regeneration and Housing who said: "One of our key priorities is to ensure that local people and families have access to affordable housing who would not otherwise be able to afford to live within their own communities.

"As a local authority, we are ambitious to work collaboratively with partners to find innovative solutions to removing affordability barriers and to growing the stock of affordable homes in the county.

"I am really pleased to see that our partners Housing Plus Group and TC Homes are delivering these much-needed homes, which helps us to meet our housing need in Shropshire by developing sustainable and low-cost rental and home ownership."

Following the site visit, Tim Charnley, TC Homes Director, added: "We are delighted to be working on another project with Housing Plus Group. 

"In the current cost of living crisis and with rising inflation, we believe affordable housing is needed now more than ever.

"These properties will have a significant, positive impact on the availability of affordable housing in the area, helping the people who grew up there to stay." 

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Director of development Kerry Bolister, Cllr Dean Carroll, Chief executive Sarah Boden and TC Homes Project manager Georgia Lambert.

Background for editors

Housing Plus Group is a leading provider of homes across a range of tenures, to meet identified housing needs. We also deliver regulated care services and technology-enabled support to help people live independently in their own homes. We offer rewarding careers for around 1000 colleagues, many of whom live in the communities we serve.

We are focused on building a resilient organisation providing even better services for customers and are inspired and guidedby our CLARITY values: Communication, Learning, Accountable, Respectful, Inclusive, Trust and You.

Following recent significant growth and change at Housing Plus Group, we are delighted to have been recognised with 1 Star accreditation by Best Companies, reflecting very good levels of workplace engagement and a great place to work.

Our dedicated and diverse colleagues are critical to our success. We value our people and offer them challenging and worthwhile careers providing a sense of achievement in a vital sector. It is important that we offer opportunities to inspire our people to help us to make a positive difference to our customers' homes, lives and communities.

Our Group comprises: Homes Plus, Care Plus, Property Plus, Severn Homes and County Town Homes. More information can be found

The Regulator of Social Housing (RSH) requires that all registered providers confirm compliance with the Regulatory Framework, Governance and Financial Viability Standard. Housing Plus Group complies with this standard, holding the RSH highest rating for governance, G1 and V2 for viability. Please visit to find out more.

Further information

Mara Hargreaves
Head of marketing and communications 
m:07800 619 863

Clare Chick
Marketing and communications officer
m: 07950 254 279

Ruby Davies
Marketing and communications officer
Housing Plus Group
m: 07485 922776

Martin Farrow
CHANGEWORKS Communications
t: + 44 (0) 1785 247588
m: +44 (0)7771 970025