Landlord Curo campaigns for more housebuilding across the region
Social housing landlord Curo has pointed to the example of a new development at Westfield as it campaigns for more housebuilding in the west.
The organisation celebrated national Yes to Homes Week with an event at its recently completed estate of affordable homes.
Residents of the 27 new homes at Perry Close were given the chance to get to know their neighbours better, get advice from Curo, and meet their councillors over a barbecue.
Curo used the event to ask local people to show their support for housebuilding schemes to help alleviate a housing supply crisis.
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Chief executive Victor da Cunha said: "Curo is ready and able to help bridge this gap between supply and demand and has plans and funding to build 250 new affordable homes a year for the region.
"Finding suitable sites and gaining planning permission for much-needed homes like these at Perry Close is our biggest challenge. The Yes to Homes campaign, which Curo is backing, is about encouraging people to help to make local housing a reality by saying yes to homes in their area and by telling their local councillor that they support more homes for today and for future generations."
The new development at Perry Close provides 23 family houses and four apartments for local people, with a mix of rented and shared ownership.
Jamie Walters and Lucy Philips and their young daughter have been able to get a three-bedroom home with only a five per cent deposit for the share they are buying.
After privately renting in Radstock, Jamie, 27, a machinist at a local joinery firm and Lucy, 25, a beauty therapist, had been looking for a home since the arrival of their daughter, Billie-Kate in January.
Lucy said: "Our new home means everything to us. We are finally on the property ladder."
Curo has plans for 14 homes at a former bakery site in Radstock town centre with more planned for the Elm Tree Inn site in Westfield.