MP visits happy family homes in Leicester
People living in a new affordable housing development chatted to their local MP about how they are settling in when he paid a visit to the site.
Leicester East MP Keith Vaz met two families during his visit to our Green Lane Road development, which has transformed an unsightly disused factory into a sleek and modern residential neighbourhood.
The development was built in partnership with national housebuilder Countryside Homes.
Mr Vaz (pictured with our senior project manager Gemma Davey, and Phil McHugh and Mark Stuart from Countryside), described the homes as “lovely” and commented that they had “really transformed this area”.
He met taxi driver Kabir Miah (pictured), who said his family were enjoying their new home very much, and Vijay Patel, who lives with his wife and their two children in a fully adapted house on the site.
Mr Patel is a wheelchair user, and his family was previously living with relatives in a house with no adaptations. Their new home boasts adjustable kitchen worktops and a fully-accessible bathroom, plus a hi-tech lift so he can get upstairs without needing assistance.
He said: “The house is nice, it’s more spacious for the wheelchair, I can get in and out of the shower, and the lift has made a lot of difference.”
Green Lane Road is a £14million development of 82 high quality affordable homes, including 49 for rent and 33 for shared-ownership sale. We are now in the process of building a second phase.
The site is part of a joint venture agreement between Midland Heart and Countryside Partnerships, which is investing £58million to create 395 affordable homes on former brownfield sites in the heart of the city.
Our two organisations also recently announced a formal partnership agreement, which will see 1,000 new homes built across the Midlands in the next three years. Read more here.