Baroness Warwick of Undercliffe, Chair of the National Housing Federation (NHF), has visited Scarborough to see one of Beyond Housing’s new build developments ahead of its completion in February 2020.
The Middle Deepdale development is part of a £7 million 53-home regeneration project in Eastfield. It includes the former Braeburn House elderly persons’ home site on Moor Lane, which was purchased by Beyond Housing from North Yorkshire County Council. Both schemes form part of the redevelopment of the Middle Deepdale site and the wider Eastfield Regeneration Project, under a Strategic Partnership Agreement which includes Scarborough Borough Council with North Yorkshire County Council as external stakeholder.
The development provides 29 one-and two-bedroom apartments which will be available for affordable rent by older people.
Baroness Warwick was given a tour of the site by Rosemary Du Rose, Chief Executive of Beyond Housing.
The National Housing Federation is a body which represents the interests of housing associations across England, providing regional support and lobbying the government to further its vision of delivering universal, good quality and affordable accommodation.
On her visit, Baroness Warwick commented: “It’s been a fascinating day. I’ve learned so much about Beyond Housing and what the organisation has been doing over the past year.
I’ve been particularly impressed with the collaborative relationships that have been built up with other housing bodies and local authorities. The camaraderie across the organisation is obvious, along with a clear sense of wanting to achieve for customers.”
Rosemary Du Rose, Chief Executive of Beyond Housing, said: “It has been a pleasure to welcome Baroness Warwick to Scarborough and to show her some of the work we have been doing to support our ambition of building 2,000 new homes over the next five years.
“At Beyond Housing, we are committed to providing high quality homes which our customers want to live in. It was a pleasure to be able to share our plans with Baroness Warwick as well as talk with her about the National Housing Federation’s strategic aims.”