Keeping it in the family mum and daughter move into new homes on Pendleton Together site
17th July 2014
(left to right) Alison Kelly and Lynda Kelly outside their new homes in Pendleton One.
THE FIRST tenants have moved into the first new homes in Pendleton – and it has turned into a real family affair.
Alison Kelly and her two sons Brandon and McKenzie have been enjoying spending time in their new home on the Pendleton One development.
Alison’s mum Lynda Kelly has also moved into one of the new homes they are renting from Pendleton Together, in fact, she couldn’t be closer as she has moved into a two-bedroom apartment right next door to her daughter.
Both Alison and Lynda have always lived in Pendleton and are feeling very settled in their new homes after moving from their old flats in Amersham Street – an area where houses and flats have been earmarked for demolition. Amersham Street is set to be redeveloped with new family homes for affordable rent and sale and open spaces.
Alison said: “I love my new house, it’s so much better than being in my old flat and has a lovely garden. I’m Pendleton born and bred - I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. I lived in Amersham Street for 26 years and I’m pleased I’ve been able to get a house that is so close.
“The inside of the house is very modern and contemporary. I have a fab new kitchen and three good size bedrooms with plenty of storage. We definitely have more space and my heating bills are going to be less because there are solar panels on the roof.”
Alison added: “I’m so pleased that mum is next door. Pendleton Together has really thought about where they re-house people, putting families like us together and other groups of friends together who used to be neighbours. They also helped us move which was great.
“It’s early days yet, but everyone who is renting a home here seems to be much happier. I look forward to everyone else moving in. It’s fantastic what Pendleton Together is doing to the area.”
Mum Lynda said: “I’m so happy to be in my new apartment and right next door to Alison and the boys. I couldn’t wait to move out of my old flat, but the wait has definitely been worth it.”
Alison’s three-bedroom house and Lynda’s apartment have been built to the Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4, which means they are super insulated with double glazed windows, cavity wall and loft insulation. They also save energy with photovoltaic panels on the roof, low energy light fittings and energy efficient boilers. These features give homes a B-rating, the second highest, for energy efficiency – meaning households are saving money.
To make sure the moves go smoothly, housing officers from Pendleton Together have helped tenants moving from rented properties in the clearance area to pack their belongings and move into their new homes.
Pendleton Together is building more than 1,600 new homes over 12 years and the first phase at Pendleton One is already underway. The new homes being built by Pendleton Together will be prioritised for customers, like Alison and Lynda, who were living in clearance areas.
The first phase of development will see nearly 300 houses and apartments built, including 110 affordable homes. There will be a mix of one and two bedroom apartments, as well as two, three and four-bedroom family homes delivered across three sites. There will also be the new Amersham Park and children’s play area for people to enjoy.
Steve Close, Chief Executive of Together Housing Group, said: “We’re very pleased to be able to welcome Alison, her sons and Lynda to Pendleton One and we wish them, and all of our tenants, all the best in their new homes.
“Alison and Lynda are among the first people to move into this brand new community. We’re hoping this new development will help further strengthen the sense of community that is evident throughout Pendleton and long term sustainability of the area.”
Cllr John Warmisham, who represents the area, said: “I’m delighted for Alison and Lynda.
“It shows that you can do large-scale regeneration of an area and keep communities together.
“They’ve got more room and a new property. I’m sure they will enjoy that for many years to come.”