Published Wednesday, 31 October 2018
The Mayor of Waverley, Councillor Denise Le Gal led the official opening of 24 new homes at Wey Court, Farncombe this week (Monday 29 October 2018).
The collection of high quality new homes at Wey Court, designed by Godalming based Nye Saunders Architects and built by contractors Thakeham Client, is the latest in Waverley’s Affordable Homes Delivery Plan, an ambitious programme to meet housing needs in the borough.
Consisting of 14 1-bedroom flats, eight 2-bedroom flats and two 2- bedroom houses, and built on the site of the former Wey Court sheltered housing scheme, each of the homes offer attractively designed red brick outer walls with clay roof tiles and timber effect weatherboarding. The homes are also energy efficient, so tenants will save on their heating, hot water and electricity bills.
For Mr Stuart Smith, the first tenant to take up residence at Wey Court with his family, moving to Wey Court has felt like finding their dream home. “We had wanted to move for a long time but we were waiting for the right place. We were the first tenants to move over here so we had the benefit of being able to bid for the property that we wanted. We were amazed by the size and how well designed it was, even down to a bird box. We’re very happy here.”
Portfolio Holder for Housing, Councillor Carole King said: “I was delighted to see Wey Court officially opened. It’s a development that brings beautifully designed, high quality but affordable homes to the area. I hope that the tenants who have taken up the opportunity to live in one of these fine homes will be very happy here.”
Carol Cairns, Head of Home Ownership and Supply for Homes England in the South East added: “Supporting local authorities like Waverley with their ambitions to address the housing market is really important to us. It’s great to see our Affordable Homes Programme making a positive impact on people in Farncombe.”
A short ceremony and refreshments sponsored by Thakeham Client were enjoyed afterwards at Godalming Naval Club.
Notes for editors
All homes will be let at an affordable rent, set up to 80% of the market rate and within local housing allowance limit, to ensure they are covered by Universal Credit. They are let to households on the housing register, through the council’s Choice Based Lettings Scheme, known as Waverley Homechoice and the associated allocation policy.
The council received £600,000 of grant funding from Homes England for this project.
Photo, from left to right: Leader of Council, Cllr Julia Potts; Wey Court tenant Mr Stuart Smith; Mayor of Waverley, Cllr Denise Le Gal; Managing Director of Thakeham Client Steve Tuhey and Portfolio Holder for Housing, Cllr Carole King.