Pre-Christmas get together for new neighbours

People moving into the new homes at the latest phase of the North Prospect regeneration to be completed have been meeting for the first time.

Our tenants, SO Living shared owners and homebuyers who have bought through Kier Living enjoyed mince pies and mulled wine at the Southern Gate Sales and Marketing Suite.

The new residents are the first to move into the brand new homes at the first phase of homes to be released at Phase 3.

In this first phase, 12 homes are ready – three for affordable rent through us, five for shared ownership through SO Living and four for private sale through Kier Living, who have built the homes on our behalf.

Jack and Sarah Pope are two of the first shared owners to move in. They hope to move in tomorrow, just in time for Christmas. Sarah said: “We’re renting in Devonport at the moment. Shared ownership helped us get on the housing ladder. We would recommend the process. It’s really clear.

“It’s an exciting time. We loved the show home – we could see ourselves living there. A friend of ours lives in PL2 and the house has almost the same layout. There’s a garden which is important for us.”

Nigel Pitt, Chair of the PCH Development Committee, added: “It’s another milestone for North Prospect. It’s an acceleration generally of what PCH is doing in terms of providing more affordable housing.”

Andrew Lawrie, PCH Head of Development, said: “With Christmas just around the corner, it seemed like a good opportunity for the new residents to meet each other and get into the Christmas spirit at the same time. We hope they’ll be happy living in their new homes.

“I’d like to thank Kier Living for their hard work on this scheme and the organisations who have helped fund us – Plymouth City Council and the Homes and Communities Agency.” 

Kelly Locke, Marketing and Communications Manager for Kier Living, said: “The first handover marks a very poignant point for everyone involved. To see the level of interest in the new homes is wonderful and knowing that there will be families celebrating their first Christmas in their new homes certainly makes the hard work worth it.”

Steven Ricketts, Plymouth City Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Housing Delivery, added: “The ongoing regeneration of North Prospect is a fantastic project for the city. I have been very pleased to be able to meet some of the new residents at this event.”

When this phase is complete, there will be 159 new homes – 81 for affordable rent, 31 for shared ownership and 47 for open market sale.