A housing association says it is still “exploring the option” of constructing 21 new builds on Well Street in Cheadle. Your Housing Group (YHG) owns the specified land at Lightwood – subject to treasury and board approval – and could build the housing units if deemed suitable.
A housing association says it is still “exploring the option” of constructing 21 new builds on Well Street in Cheadle.
Your Housing Group (YHG) owns the specified land at Lightwood – subject to treasury and board approval – and could build the housing units if deemed suitable.
This was relayed in its legacy agreement update report submitted to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) which outlined how activity has panned out between April and September 2021.
It stated how shortages of materials and labour in the construction sector, largely caused by Covid-19, have impacted the delivery of works, with some being delayed.
YHG’s letting performance has also proved to be challenging due to Covid-status delays and an applicant’s reluctance to move amid the risks of the pandemic. As a result, it says that the target for an average re-let is 28.5 days with the current time being 43 days.
In all, it spent just under £2million on asset and development from April to September.
Nevertheless, it says customer satisfaction was at 92 per cent with normal service delivery carrying on throughout the pandemic.
In a presentation given to SMDC on Monday, January 17, YHG reiterated its goal for homes to be net carbon zero by 2050 and to see a 75 per cent reduction in current carbon levels by 2025.
The Group is responsible for more than 28,000 homes across the country and overall invested £30million into climate change alterations and improvements in 6,559 of these across 2020/21.
It has bolstered this to £56million for 12,868 homes by April 2022 and for Staffordshire over the next three years is hoping to spend just over £5million on environmental works, such as fencing, footpaths and driveways, on around 3,000 properties in the area.
Nine garage sites have been identified for refurbishment, redevelopment or regeneration, two of those being Churchill Road and Dovedale Close in Cheadle.
Between April and September 2021, YHG also managed to help its customers maximise their income through its dedicated Money Advice Team.
Throughout the period, 176 customers secured £231,837 in benefit gains and £90,399 in Universal Credit payments.
Additionally, £49,899 had been gained through Housing Benefit payments with some clients receiving support from 19 charitable grants for the purchasing of white goods, energy and other essential items.
YHG supported various community centres including Moorlands Home Link, helping with access to weekly food parcels and Christmas presents.
Furthermore, it held a clean-up day in Cheadle last year with the aim of improving neighbourhood wellbeing and engagement.
It also helped 140 members on a Facebook employment support group with 26 gaining full-time employment, 15 enrolling in regular volunteering and 21 accessing training.
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