Rose Court, a new affordable housing development of 18 one and two-bedroom high-quality affordable flats has been built by Wayfarer member, Fareham Borough Council (FBC).
The Mayor of Fareham, Councillor Pamela Bryant, opened the development on Wednesday 21 July. To celebrate the completion of the new homes, several other councillors were present including Executive Member for Housing, Councillor Fred Birkett.
“There is a growing need for affordable housing in Fareham, so we are thrilled that this new development is now complete and more residents from our housing register can now move in. We were keen to work with Solent-based companies to develop this brownfield site which had remained unused for many years. Everyone involved in this project has worked hard to ensure that it was completed as quickly as possible, despite incredibly challenging circumstances. I’m looking forward to seeing the development filled with new residents very shortly.”
The homes were built by locally-based building company, FE Chase and Sons. A small organisation, they were selected as part of Fareham Borough Council’s support of small and medium sized enterprises. This is a priority Wayfarer shares.
The new homes are for social rent and repurpose a site that has been empty for several years following demolition. Abri’s Executive Director of Development and Strategic Asset Management, Stephen Lodge, said:
“As lead partner of Wayfarer, it’s fantastic to see the delivery of affordable homes that directly meet local housing needs. Fareham Borough Council’s Rose Court development supported a small and medium sized enterprise which is a priority for Wayfarer. The regeneration of this site goes towards delivering housing for those who need it most.”
Rose Court was delivered with thanks to a successful grant bid to Homes England for more than £1.2m.
To find out more visit Fareham Borough Council’s website.
Collaboration is often the key to success. Whether it’s by combining resources or sharing expertise, a partnership approach is what we do as Wayfarer. We’re a consortium of like-minded organisations all about meeting local housing needs across southern England.
With 17 members, ranging from small specialist register providers to large local authorities, Wayfarer exists to connect organisations with the grant funding they need to help solve the housing crisis. This is the foundation that we exist on: the connecting link between those with ambitions to build more affordable homes and the expertise and financial support needed to do just that.
Led by Abri, we’re supporting our members to secure Homes England funding to deliver a diversity of different housing options for communities in the region.
Achieving more, together
Wayfarer has been operating since 2003. Why? Because the housing crisis isn’t a new thing, and we’ve always been driven by an ambition to provide lots of new affordable and specialist homes. But we’ve also always known that while what we do is important and helps to tackle that crisis, supporting others to do the same is essential.
So we help our members to apply for grant funding, providing a dedicated team of people who are on hand to help our members provide affordable homes in their area with the support of Homes England. Our members vary in size and housing type, but each one provides homes that are developed in direct response to what their communities need.
Keeping the momentum going
As Wayfarer we’ve already unlocked grants in excess of £320m and attracted funding for 12,430 affordable homes. At the same time we’ve maximised our combined skills and expertise to deliver more for communities across southern England.
But we’re not complacent, and we remain focussed on continuing to tackle the housing crisis to ensure as many people as possible have a safe, warm home. We’ve been successful securing significant Homes England grant funding in the past and are looking forward to working with Homes England to secure funding for our future pipeline schemes in the new AHP 2021-2026 programme.
We’ve just welcomed two new members and are always on the lookout for organisations who share our goals. As we make our way towards a post-pandemic world, the impacts of Covid-19 will continue to show themselves. The need for high-quality, accessible and sustainable homes is at its greatest and we’ll be here, with our members, to deliver that.