PLANS to build flats for some of the district’s ‘key workers’ have taken another step forward.
The Warwick House building – owned by Stratford Town Trust – is a former headquarters of Stratford District Council but has remained empty for a number of years.
In December 2014, Orbit Homes put forward proposals to create 82 one- and two-bedroom flats at the site and in July of last year the scheme was given the green light by members of the authority’s planning committee.
Orbit have since completed the purchase of the office building and will manage the new accommodation while Stratford Town Trust is set to retain the freehold.
The existing building – on the corner of Birmingham Road and Clopton Road – will be demolished to make way for 64 one bed flats and 18 two bed flats, which will be initially marketed to ‘key workers’ employed in public services.
It is hoped the partnership will help bridge the gap between salaries and high private rents – allowing those such as teachers and NHS staff to privately rent in the town ‘at a reasonable price.’
Adam Cooper, Orbit spokesman, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Stratford Town Trust to take this project forward, and bring much needed key worker homes to Stratford.
“This is an important development for Orbit as it demonstrates our commitment to providing more homes that meet the needs and aspirations of our customers.
“With the rising cost of home ownership pushing many out of the housing market, we have seen a huge rise in the demand for rented properties. Our new homes will offer local people a flexible housing option in a great location.”
Helen Munro, chief executive of Stratford Town Trust, added: “This is a really ground-breaking concept and one we are pleased to support.
“It is absolutely right those working hard in our hospitals and schools can afford to live in Stratford and we are confident this development will have a positive impact throughout the town.”
Work has already begun on the demolition process and the site is scheduled for completion in summer 2017.