New development at Wren's Nest takes flight
Mons Hill may have fossil features incorporated into its brickwork and metal railings and geologically-themed street names, but our latest development of affordable housing to be completed is bang up-to-date.
Last May we, and Lovell Partnership Ltd, were laying the foundations for this attractive development nestling beside the Wren's Nest National Nature Reserve at Dudley – a Site of Special Scientific Interest for its exceptional geological importance, as well as being home to locally rare wild flowers, birds and seven species of bat.
One year on and all 43 houses and flats are occupied and families are settling into their new homes on the site of a former college building.
Tenant Tracie Bassett, enthused: “We were in rented accommodation before and there’s no comparison. This is like a palace; we love everything about it.”
The development cost just over £7m and received grant funding from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).
Tracie, pictured, and her family of four plus new grand-daughter have a four-bedroomed house but the site also has two and three bedroomed houses and six one-bedroom flats.
Wendy Jones, Senior Project Manager, said: “We’re delighted Mons Hill is finally complete. It was a lot of hard work as our original contractors went into liquidation after starting on the development and due to it being a national nature reserve the design had to meet Natural England’s requirements. But the end result was well worth the effort.”
More than 700 types of fossil have been found at Wren's Nest, 186 of which were discovered there for the first time.
The street names on our development were chosen to reflect this rich heritage - Calymene Mews pays tribute to the calymene blumenbachii trilobite or "Dudley bug" which is unique to Wren's Nest and included in the borough's coat of arms.
Silurian Mews takes its name from the site's well-preserved Silurian coral reef fossils, while Fossil View needs no explanation!