High Sheriff opens new homes in Coalville
"As an affordable housing provider that has been part of the community in Coalville for seventy years, we are particularly thrilled to have been part of this project."
Chan Kataria, emh group Chief Executive
Fourteen brand new affordable homes in the heart of Coalville have been unveiled by the High Sheriff of Leicestershire.
Chan Kataria, Chief Executive of emh group, and Councillor Richard Blunt, Leader of North West Leicestershire District Council, were on hand to see Gordon Arthur, the High Sheriff, welcome the new residents to their new homes.
Developed by emh group, Royal Oak Court has been built on the site of the former Pick and Shovel, a public house that faced the clock tower in Memorial Square and which had not been in use for over ten years.
The £2.2 million scheme was funded by emh group, North West Leicestershire District Council and the Homes and Communities Agency, and is part of a wider programme to tackle the demand for affordable homes in the East Midlands. It is also part of North West Leicestershire District Council’s ‘Building Confidence in Coalville’ project, which aspires to regenerate the town. The high standard of the development has set a benchmark for future regeneration projects in the town.
In keeping with the surrounding townscape, the properties were designed in a traditional style by architects rg+p and built to Building for Life standards by Lindum. The homes also meet Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3, ensuring a high build quality and low running costs for residents.
The scheme takes its name from one of the two pubs - separated by a small shop - that stood on the spot from the late nineteenth century for almost a hundred years before being amalgamated into the Pick and Shovel.
Chan Kataria, Chief Executive of emh group, said: “As an affordable housing provider that has been part of the community here in Coalville for seventy years, we are particularly thrilled to have been part of this project – contributing to the regeneration of the town centre as well as delivering much-needed affordable homes. We could not have done this without our strong partnerships with North West Leicestershire District Council and our building partners Lindum. We are also grateful for the ongoing support of the local community as we continue to invest in the local area.”
Councillor Richard Blunt, Leader of North West Leicestershire District Council, said: “We are proud that the council could support the regeneration of this part of Coalville through this development. For us, the Royal Oak Court development has achieved three positive things: it has removed an eyesore from an important crossroads in the town; it has improved the look and feel of Memorial Square with a very attractive, good quality building; and it is bringing more people to live in the centre of town through affordable housing. Through our ‘Building Confidence in Coalville’ project, we want to work with partners and see what positive things we can achieve together. This is the perfect example of organisations that care about the town and its people doing the best thing for Coalville.”