We have officially opened one of our latest new developments today (March 5 2020) providing much-needed affordable rent and shared ownership homes in West Oxfordshire.
The opening took place in Chestnut Lane on the new St Jude’s Meadow development, being built off the High Street in Milton-under-Wychwood, and we are sharing information about it on our website and via a press release and social media.
Cottsway has worked in partnership with family-owned Scottish developer Mactaggart & Mickel to provide 31 two-bedroom flats and two and three-bedroom houses – 21 for rent and 10 for shared ownership.
Mactaggart & Mickel has been building homes in Scotland since 1925 and this is its first scheme in England. Last summer, it won the National House Building Council Pride in the Job award for its work at the site, which will have 62 homes in total.
Cottsway’s Chief Executive Vivian Rosser opened today’s event and welcomed some of Cottsway’s new residents who have already moved into their new homes. There were also short speeches from Joanne Casey, Mactaggart & Mickel’s Homes Director, and Cllr Jeff Haine, Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning at West Oxfordshire District Council and ward councillor for Milton-under-Wychwood.
Vivian said: “Private-rented accommodation in West Oxfordshire is expensive and average house prices in a village like Milton-under-Wychwood are more than 11 times higher than average earnings, so purchasing a property is out-of-reach for many. There are over 2,800 people registered with Homeseeker Plus for rented housing in West Oxfordshire and almost 1,000 registered for shared ownership.
“It is clear that affordable homes are desperately needed, and this is why it’s so important that we’re building new homes like these. We’re proud to have worked with both Mactaggart & Mickel and West Oxfordshire District Council to bring this development to Milton-under-Wychwood and we are committed to working in partnership to find solutions and deliver even more homes for those in housing need.”
Flowers were presented to some of the new residents, including Kerry Brain, who lives in a Cottsway house with her husband and their two-year-old son Danny, and Alex Hart, who has not only moved into a shared ownership flat at the development, but is also an Assets Administrator for Cottsway.
Kerry said: “We’re very pleased with our home, it’s a lovely site. The houses are all really well finished and look good, we can’t fault a thing, and it’s lovely to have a home like this for our family, especially having a young child.”
Alex has worked for Cottsway for nearly four years and saved the money she needed to be able to purchase a 40 per cent share in her two-bedroom flat, which she has enjoyed putting her own stamp on.
She said: “It’s really spacious, visitors I’ve had round have been really impressed! Having worked in Cottsway’s Housing team before moving into the Assets team, I’ve seen first-hand how their work helps people and I had no hesitation in going for a shared ownership property through them.
“I’ve worked hard to save, and shared ownership has given me the opportunity to become a homeowner, which I wouldn’t have been able to do otherwise.”
Joanne Casey, Managing Director for Mactaggart & Mickel’s Homes England, said they were delighted with St Jude’s Meadow, which is due to be fully complete over the next months, saying:
“Milton-under-Wychwood is a charming Cotswold village and our National House-Building Council NHBC Seal of Excellent award-winning Contracts Manager Paul Starritt and his team have relished the challenge of ensuring all the new homes blend into the area.
“As a family-owned company that has been building homes in Scotland since 1925, we are really proud of our first English development. Our partnership with Cottsway has allowed us to offer a broad range of housing options at St Jude’s Meadow and we’re delighted to hear the new residents are thrilled with their new homes.”