More than 300 people got a glimpse of Wakefield and District Housing’s (WDH’s) first new properties when its Show Home opened in Whitwood, Castleford, over the Bank Holiday weekend.

WDH is building 28 properties at Bluebell Mews, Whitwood, and last Sunday and Monday the public got the first chance to view one of the new properties. As a result of the event, all eight properties available through shared ownership on the site have now been reserved.

WDH is also building 92 similar properties at The Kingfishers, Ferrybridge, and during the weekend two of the 21 shared ownership properties on this site were also reserved and many visitors have requested application forms for the remainder.

The remaining homes on both sites will be available for rent, with 15 outright sales at The Kingfishers. Together, the two developments mark the beginning of WDH’s new build development programme which will see hundreds of hew homes built across the district over the coming years.

Richard Parkin, Director of Regeneration for Wakefield and District Housing, said:

“There’s been a staggering amount of interest over the two days and this shows just how much demand there is for affordable housing in the district.

“Wakefield and District Housing are working to cater for this by building new, affordable homes, and judging by the success of last weekend we’re making great progress towards our first milestone in our Vision to 2020 – creating neighbourhoods where people want to live.”

Properties at both developments are on track to achieve the Housing Corporation’s EcoHomes rating of ‘Very Good’, thanks to the high insulation standards, energy efficient gas boilers and the use of timber from renewable sources. 

Gloria and John Fox-Shaw were one of the first couples to reserve a property at Bluebell Mews, are buying a 50% share in their home and paying rent on the remainder.

They visited the show home last weekend to see what’s in store when they move there in August, and Gloria said:

“It’s just stunning – it’s a really lovely property and everything’s been done to such a high standard. We’re expecting our first child in November and we’ve already got so many plans for our new home, so we just can’t wait to move in.

“Buying a new home outright would cost an absolute fortune, so buying a new home through shared ownership is perfect for us.”

The show home at Bluebell Mews will be open to the public every Thursday evening between 3pm and 7pm until mid July. For more information, or to request an application form for a shared ownership property at The Kingfishers, contact WDH’s Leasehold Manager on 01977 724432.


Press release issued: June 4 2007