Family makes a new start thanks to Stockton Housing development
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FAMILY MAKES A NEW START THANKS TO STOCKTON HOUSING DEVELOPMENT
Housing Hartlepool has helped a family make a new start as it extends its property horizons beyond the town for the first time with a £1m investment in Stockton.
Vicky Armstrong and Nigel Bain, and their two children Bradley, eight, and Lily, aged 21 months, have moved into a three-bedroomed modern terraced house at Kingsmoor.
This marks a new start for the family who lost their home after railway track inspector Nigel’s work became intermittent due to the recession. At the same time their capped mortgage came to an end with the repayments soaring to an unaffordable £1,000 a month.
Housing Hartlepool now has 11 homes – a mixture of two and three bedroom semi-detached and terraced houses - at Kingsmoor, which has been developed on the former Kvaerner site on Stockton’s outskirts.
It has bought the properties from Bellway, and will take over another ten homes in the next few months. The 21 homes will be owned by Housing Hartlepool and managed by Stockton-based Tristar Homes.
Full-time mum, Vicky, 35, said: “We can now put all the distress of losing our home behind us thanks to Housing Hartlepool and Tristar Homes.
“The house is fantastic and is fitted out to a very high standard with features that will make it easy to look after and economical to run. I can see we are going to be very happy here.”
The homes, which are for rent, boast green features including solar panels on the roof linked to the heating system and exceptional insulation.
Colin Wilson, Director of Regeneration at Housing Hartlepool said: “Housing Hartlepool and Tristar Homes are committed to using their expertise and experience to deliver sustainable housing to benefit a wide range of people.
“The current economic climate is making it difficult for people to either keep or secure a roof over their heads. Our affordable social housing is a lifeline to families like Vicky and Nigel. It is very pleasing that the development of Kingsmoor has enabled the couple and their children to make a fresh start.
“The green credentials of these high quality homes will make them very economical to run and help keep costs down for the families who live there.”
David Pickard, Housing Management Director at Tristar Homes, said:
“These are the first homes completed as part of the new partnership between Tristar Homes and Housing Hartlepool and are the first of many benefits we will see from this new and exciting group structure we are working together on.
“With Housing Hartlepool building the homes we are delighted to be managing and maintaining them on their behalf. There has been huge interest in the homes and more are currently being built in Stockton under this partnership. The addition of new homes in Stockton is a vital part of supporting and revitalising communities as well as providing additional quality homes for families in urgent need .We wish all the new residents the very best in their new homes.
CONTACT: Helen Logan on 01325 363436
Notes to editors: Housing Hartlepool is the largest housing association in Hartlepool.
It was set up in March 2004 to take over the ownership and management of the Council's rented housing stock following a positive ballot by tenants. It is a not for profit charitable organisation.
Housing Hartlepool is run by a voluntary board that consists of four tenant members, four council nominees and four independent people.
The company manages 7,000 properties throughout the Hartlepool area and surrounding villages. These range from five-bedroom family houses to flats for single people. In addition there is a wide range of bungalows and sheltered housing complexes for the elderly.
In addition to its core landlord role Housing Hartlepool is also the main housing regeneration agent in the town and is developing much needed affordable homes in the area.
For more information, go to: www.housinghartlepool.org.uk
Bradley Bain with the new house keys, watched by l to r . Sarah Fawcett from Housing Hartlepool, Nigel Bain, Vicky Armstrong, Lilly Bain and David Pickard from Tristar Homes