Published Monday, 24 September 2018

The Mayor of Waverley, Councillor Denise Le Gal marked the completion of 16 new council homes at Ockford Ridge in Godalming by cutting the ribbon at the official opening ceremony.

Councillor Le Gal was joined at the ceremony, which took place on Thursday 20 September, by Waverley Borough Council Portfolio Holder for Housing, Councillor Carole King and ward councillors Councillor Andrew Bolton and Councillor Paul Follows. Council officers and representatives from the council’s construction contractor, W Stirland Limited and residents of the new homes also attended.

The six houses and ten flats were built and equipped to the highest standards and include the first four bedroom houses to be built on Ockford Ridge. They are also energy efficient, so tenants will save on their heating, hot water and electricity bills.

Councillor Carole King, Portfolio Holder for Housing at Waverley Borough Council, said: “These 16 homes represent the first phase of our ambitious regeneration of the Ockford Ridge estate. This multi-million pound project will modernise the largely 1930s housing stock and give the residents modern and well designed homes for the future.

“As a council we see building new, affordable homes as critical to enable local people to continue living in the borough, to keep them contributing to the local economy and to keep our communities strong and vibrant.”

Sally Monger, a resident of Ockford Ridge for over 15 years, said: “Our new house is absolutely lovely. I couldn’t have asked for anything nicer. We have so much space now and the children all have their own rooms, so they’re much happier and more settled.”

Following the ceremony, residents of the new homes and their guests were invited to enjoy a light buffet, provided by building contractor W Stirland Limited, at the Ockford Ridge Social Club.

 

Picture Credit (Opening Ceremony)

From left to right:

Councillor Andrew Bolton, ward councillor for Godalming Central and Ockford Ridge, Nigel Fielding, Marketing and Business Development Manager W. Stirland, Councillor Julia Potts, Leader of Waverley Borough Council, Councillor Paul Follows, ward councillor for Godalming Central and Ockford Ridge, The Mayor of Waverley, Councillor Denise Le Gal, Kempton Cannon, Construction Director, W. Stirland, Sally Monger, Ockford Ridge resident, Waverley Borough Council Portfolio Holder for Housing, Councillor Carole King, Sean Stirland, Managing Director, W. Stirland.

 

Notes for editors:

Background

Four sites (A, B, C and D) were given the green light in 2014.

A further 37 homes (Site A) will be started in spring next year and proposals for another 30 homes (Site C) are due to be submitted at the end of September. Site B (17 homes) already has consent and is due to start in 2021.

A total of 65 properties on Ockford Ridge will be demolished to make way for up to 102 new properties including the two show homes.

At the same time properties will be re-modelled/ refurbished as part of the existing regeneration programme.  A Pilot Phase and Phase 1 (a total of 17 homes) have already been completed, with phases 2 and 3 due to start later this year.

 

Scheme overview

Site D – 16 affordable homes for rent now built and occupied

6 Houses

(Made up of 2 x 4 bed houses 2 x 3 bed houses and 2 x 2 bed houses)

5 Ground Floor level access flats

(Made up of 2 x 2 bed and 3 x 1 bed)

5 x first floor flats, available through Home Choice for people on the Waverley Borough Council housing register. (Made up of 3 x 2 bed flats and 2 x 1 bed)

The build cost was approximately £2.9m.

 

For further information contact:

Tel: 01483  523296

Web : www.waverley.gov.uk

Email: communications@waverley.gov.uk