THE Mayor of Chelmsford, Councillor Trevor Miller, recently joined us to open a new development named in memory of the former Liberal Democrat Councillor, Tom Smith-Hughes, who served the county and borough.
The Smith Hughes Close development, off of Kings Road, Chelmsford, features 27 properties for affordable rent. All of the homes have been constructed to meet a level-three rating of the government’s Code for Sustainable Homes, achieve the Secure by Design standard and the Lifetime Homes Standard, with two properties being fully adapted for wheelchair users.
Working with Chelmsford City Council, contractor, Lovell Partnerships, and employers’ agent, Oxbury and Company, the properties were all built on a former council owned site by us which we funded through our asset management strategy.
The development - which gained recognition within the national housing sector after being highlighted in a government report - also features a sundial depicting the local Board Barns and Melbourne area road network which was specially commissioned as part of the project.
Ursula Heelis, Chair, said: “I am very pleased to be here and I greatly welcome naming the road Smith Hughes Close in memory of Councillor Smith-Hughes. We are also delighted that his widow, Jill, is here today to see the fantastic development on the street named in his honour. It is a great acknowledgment to him and the work he done in the city and borough.
“The development itself saw us acquire a council site and turn it into a wonderful opportunity to provide 27 affordable homes to help meet the housing needs of the city. I am sure the residents will be very happy with these wonderful properties.”
Mayor of Chelmsford, Trevor Miller, added: “It is my pleasure to open this development as Tom Smith-Hughes was a colleague and friend and I’m pleased that Jill is here. There is a desperate shortage of housing in Chelmsford; therefore new developments such as this are greatly welcomed.”
Carl Hockey, Development and Regeneration manager, commented: “It has been an extremely exciting and rewarding project to work on and a really positive example of partnership working which we hope to be able to replicate elsewhere.”
Published: 3rd Febraury 2014