Regenda turns old factory into affordable new homes

A derelict Cheshire paper factory has been transformed into a stylish new housing development.

The first families have begun moving into West Avenue in Crewe where the Regenda Group housing association has turned an eyesore brownfield site into eye-catching houses and flats.

The properties are being offered at affordable rents, allowing local families to move from poor quality private rented accommodation into modern homes.

Warehouse worker Mike Dean, his partner Natasha Bourne and their two children Liam, aged three and one year-old Skye, were the first to collect the keys to their new home.

“We’ve moved from an old two bed terraced house with a yard to a lovely new three bed house with a garden and still saved money on our rent. It’s a new start for us, somewhere where the children can grow up and the other great thing is we can stay living in the area,” said Mike.

Regenda already manages more than 800 homes either for rent or shared ownership in Cheshire East and hopes to build more in the future.

Councillor Don Stockton, Cheshire East Council’s cabinet member for housing and jobs, said: “These excellent homes will help meet the needs of the local area. Cheshire East Council is very pleased to have supported this development, which has removed an eyesore of a derelict factory and created affordable, attractive and well-designed homes on a brownfield site.”

The official ceremony to mark the handover of the two three-bedroom houses and six, one and two bedroom flats, was attended by the Mayor of Cheshire East, Cllr Wesley Fitzgerald.