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Construction underway on new affordable homes in Pontesbury



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 Construction underway on new affordable homes in Pontesbury

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Work is progressing strongly on a housing development that will bring much-needed affordable housing to a Shropshire village.

Housing Plus Group appointed SJ Roberts Construction Ltd to build its development, on Mount Close, Pontesbury, which will deliver high quality housing for affordable rent and shared ownership.

The development, which is due to be completed next year, will see 18 new attractive homes take shape in the village. Fourteen of the properties will be available for affordable rent and four for shared ownership initially to those who have a local connection to the parish of Pontesbury.

It marks another key milestone in Housing Plus Group's ambitious plans to build new homes for rent, shared ownership and outright sale in Staffordshire and Shropshire.

Nick Powell, Development Manager at Housing Plus Group, said: "We're delighted to see the progress made on this exciting development in Pontesbury.

"Affordable housing schemes like this are vitally important to ensure that people with a strong local connection are given the opportunity to stay in their local area."

The development will be a mix of two and three-bedroom homes and one and two-bedroom bungalows.

Representatives from Housing Plus Group joined Shropshire Council, Homes England and Pontesbury Parish Council for a recent site visit.

The visit offered an insight into the excellent progress being made by Housing Plus Group's construction partner on the project, SJ Roberts Construction Ltd.

Mike Sambrook, Managing Director at SJ Roberts Construction Ltd, said: "The homes we're building in Pontesbury mark the continuation of a positive collaboration between SJ Roberts Construction and Housing Plus Group and we're excited to see the impact that these much-needed homes will have to the local community.

"Once completed, the residents of Mount Close will benefit from homes which include features such as solar PV panels and Air Source Heat Pumps. This will assist hugely with running costs of these vital homes.

Housing Plus Group was awarded £1,000,000 in funding from Homes England for the project, a £200,000 grant from Shropshire Council and it has the backing of Pontesbury Parish Council.

Bhups Gosal, Head of Provider Management at Homes England, said: "As the Government's housing and regeneration agency, accelerating housebuilding remains our number one priority. We are committed tosupporting Housing Plus Group who have ambitions to build new homes and our investment through the Affordable Housing Programme allows us to do that. We're delighted that this funding will enable Housing Plus Group to deliver much needed new homes in Pontesbury.''

Dean Carroll, Shropshire Council's Cabinet member for growth, regeneration and housing, said: "We are delighted to be able to offer grant funding for these much-needed affordable homes, keeping families together and enabling more of our residents to live their best lives."

Nick Hignett, Shropshire Councillor for the Rea Valley Ward, added: "Pontesbury village and the surrounding hamlets are vibrant and desirable places to live. This development will help to keep some local residents in the area they love. Both myself and Pontesbury Parish Council look forward to its completion."

Caption for image HPG23128-Pontesbury onsite:

Pontesbury Parish Council Chairman Duncan Fletcher, Housing Plus Group Development Manager Nick Powell, Head of Provider Management at Homes England Bhups Gosal, Shropshire Council's housing enabling and development officer Maria Howell and Managing Director at SJ Roberts Construction Ltd Mike Sambrook. 

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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
Mobile: 07485 922776

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