Affordable homes work to finish Church Hill revamp

By Ian Dipple Friday 10 January 2014 Updated: 10/01 10:05

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Buy photos » The current centre is set to be demolished to make way for housing. Picture by Marcus Mingins 0214010MMR1

WORK is set to get underway next week to complete the final stage of the transformation of Church Hill centre.

Redditch Co-operative Homes, together with developers Bellway Homes, will construct 51 properties on the former shopping centre site.

The £6.5million scheme will create 48 two and three bedroom homes for affordable rent and three for shared ownership.

The Homes and Communities Agency has ploughed £1million into the scheme, which should be complete by Spring next year. All of the homes on the new residential street, known as Cherry Tree Avenue, will also be super energy efficient.

Completion of the development will see the north and south parts of Church Hill joined up for the first time as traffic will be allowed to cross the buses only lane on Church Hill way to get from Tanhouse Lane to Rickyard Lane and vice versa.

Carl Taylor, director of Redditch Co-operative Homes, said: “These modern and contemporary homes will not only complement the new facilities being built in the area but will also provide much needed, affordable homes for local people, all-in-all giving Church Hill a fantastic new lease of life.”

The announcement follows the completion just before Christmas of the centre’s new £3.55million shopping complex and medical centre which has been created on the opposite side of the road on the former car park.

The relocation of the GP surgery has created space for another 3,000 patients. The project has not been without problems as flooding and delays installing phone and broadband lines mean the McColls newsagent store will only complete the move across to the new centre next week.

Amanda Roddy, development manager at Assura Group which oversaw the project, said: “Integrating services is crucial to relieving pressure on community primary care practices as well as hospitals. We’re pleased that the local communities have been so enthusiastic in getting behind improvements to their medical services; the new centre will provide a great deal of support to the area for years to come.”

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