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Residents get first look at £3.5million Lichfield housing regeneration scheme

People have given the chance to see first hand the work of a £3.5million project to regenerate a set of houses in Lichfield.

Visitors at the community drop-in day
Visitors at the community drop-in day

Housing provider Bromford began work on Levett Road in March 2016 to replace ten properties with 22 new energy efficient homes.

Former and current residents have visited the street – now renamed as The Paddocks – as part of a community drop-in day to see the work that’s taken place.

Tony Prince, 56, and his wife Sheila, 60, have lived on the street all their lives and will be moving to one of the new homes in the next fortnight.

“It has been quite stressful at times but we can’t wait to move to our new home,” Tony said.

“Bromford have done a good job on the site and it looks a lot nicer than we anticipated.

“There were fears the site could look overcrowded but it doesn’t at all.”

The houses at Levett Road before and after the regeneration scheme
The houses at Levett Road before and after the regeneration scheme

The former prefabricated homes, which stand close to Whittington Barracks, were made from a concrete construction meaning they had a poor energy efficiency rating and were costly to heat and run.

The site now comprises a mixture of two and three bedroom homes for affordable rent and shared ownership.

Eunice Wellum, who has moved to a nearby bungalow but came back to see the finished development, said: “I am loving what they have done actually and the old homes did need pulling down.

“It came at a good time for me personally as the garden had simply become too large for me to manage and my new home is far better for my needs.”

Bromford, which owns or manages almost 5,000 homes across Lichfield and Burntwood, says the scheme is the first of three regeneration projects it is carrying out in Staffordshire.

Suzanne Shead, Bromford’s head of locality, said: “Our inaugural regeneration scheme has been a real labour of love and we’re really excited that so many people were able to join us to celebrate the transformation of this estate, reaffirming our commitment to Staffordshire and to investing in existing customers as well as building the new homes that future customers want and need.”

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