A CHINESE delegation on a fact finding mission from Wuxi City, in the Jiangsu Province, recently visited CHP to learn more about social housing.
The 19 delegates from Wuxi - which is the second largest city in the Jiangsu Province with a population of over six million - visited CHP’s Parkside Court and Community Hub development in Melbourne Avenue, Chelmsford, Essex, to discover how to build affordable homes and create sustainable communities.
The Parkside Court clinic and Community Hub, which cost £8 million to regenerate, offers residents affordable properties of mixed tenure, health care and the opportunity to enhance their employment skills through training courses such as IT, numeracy and literacy.
Following the announcement by the Chinese government to build 36 million social homes during the next five years - to meet the country’s housing needs - the delegates received a guided tour of Parkside Court and its surrounding properties from CHP’s Chairman, Martin Dean, Vice-Chairman, Ursula Heelis, Director of Housing, Kay Caldwell and Community Hub Manager, Debbie Willson.
Comprising members from the Wuxi health, urban planning, education, development and real estate management bureaus; the delegates received a presentation showcasing the regeneration work and enjoyed the English tradition of afternoon tea and cake - baked by volunteers involved in Community Hub projects.
Martin Deansaid: “This has been a wonderful opportunity for us to demonstrate how effective community based initiatives are in providing quality services. To have our ideas support the development of overseas housing in China is really marvelous.”
Debbie Willson commented: “The delegates seemed very interested in what we had to say and how we regenerated the area into something which offers our residents high-quality affordable homes and numerous training opportunities.”