A Milton Keynes housing association has delivered 49 desperately needed Bedford homes in a bid to tackle the region’s housing crisis.
Kent’s Hill-based Grand Union Housing Group recently completed its flagship Gatehouse Mews development. The complex includes 31 properties available for rent and shared ownership. There are also 18 bespoke supported living properties, for those with learning difficulties.
The eagerly awaited construction comes as the UK faces a devastating housing crisis. According to homelessness charity, Shelter, over the last five years, affordable housebuilding has averaged less than 6,500 homes a year — nowhere near enough for the 1.1 million people on the waiting list.
Gatehouse Mews was delivered in partnership with Bedford Borough Council, on the town’s old iron works site, and comes as part of Grand Union’s plans to build 1,800 homes in the next five years.
Dave Lakin, Director of Development & Commercial at Grand Union, said: “Genuinely affordable social housing has a critical part to play in helping people escape poverty. We’re committed to providing affordable homes and our aim is to create a sustainable and balanced community, where residents and the community can thrive.
“The completion of Gatehouse Mews is a milestone to celebrate. It was not without its challenges — primarily that of the coronavirus pandemic — but we’re very proud of the finished building and can’t wait to welcome our first move-ins.
“Gatehouse Mews offers more than just a place to live, with several properties tailored specifically for those with learning difficulties. Each of these apartments have access to a care team, facilities on site and Life24 — our assistive alarm service.”
Gatehouse Mews is a stone’s throw from Bedford Hospital and just a short walk to the train station and Great River Ouse. Each apartment is equipped with an intercom system, gated car parking, fitted wardrobes and stylish high gloss kitchens — with integrated appliances.
Header image shows Grand Union Housing Group’s new flats on Palgrave Road, Bedford. Image ©MATTHEW POWER PHOTOGRAPHY.