Chester MP Chris Matheson has visited a new housing development in Blacon.
Mr Matheson paid a visit to the new homes at The Parade in Blacon, the location of a major regeneration project by leading housing provider Sanctuary Group.
Part-funded by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and Cheshire West and Chester Council, the development includes 62 new homes for affordable rent, comprising eight one-bedroom apartments, 10 two-bedroom houses and eight three-bedroom houses, plus 36 one and two-bed apartments for the over 55s at Trinity Gardens.
Following a tour of the homes, Mr Matheson was also invited to see the children’s play area and upgraded retail units with frontages designed to complement the new development.
Constructed by Sanctuary’s appointed contractor Rowlinson Constructions Ltd, the housing development and local works are part of a wider £15 million regeneration project of The Parade in Blacon which also includes a state-of-the-art business enterprise centre complete with eight offices, conference and meeting rooms.
The development has also provided 11 apprenticeship opportunities and seven work experience placements, as well as sustained local employment.
MP Chris Matheson said: “I am a regular visitor to Blacon so have been able to watch the transformation take place. The results are truly excellent and the improvement works have injected new life into the neighbourhood.
“There is a strong sense of community among the residents and I was delighted to speak to some of them today and hear just how pleased they are with their new homes.”
Sanctuary Group’s Chief Operating Officer, Ian McDermott added: “The provision of affordable homes for local people is vital in Chester and this development of housing, along with the wider works at The Parade, has brought a welcome boost to the area.
“It is thanks to the close support of all our partners, including the residents of Blacon community, that we have been able to bring this important project to fruition.”