Curo takes Sajid Javid round Mulberry Park
Housing association Curo has been showing off its landmark Mulberry Park scheme in Bath to communities secretary Sajid Javid.
The secretary of state donned a hard hat and hi-vis vest for a site visit, along with local MP Ben Howlett and Curo chief executive Victor da Cunha.
Mulberry Park is being constructed on a brownfield site and will deliver 700 energy efficient homes – of which 30% will be “affordable” housing – along with a new primary school and nursery, a community hub, a park and public open spaces.
During the development, the local economy will benefit from construction jobs, apprenticeships and training opportunities.
The development at Mulberry Park has received support from central government’s Housing
On site, Javid saw the new townhouses that line the central avenue into the scheme, built using local materials including Bath stone. The roofs have been completed on several of the new homes and the first residents are expected to move into Mulberry Park in Spring 2017.
“I’m struck by the progress that Curo is making to bring back into use a formerly derelict brownfield site. This scheme and others like it in the South West are designed to deliver growth in the local economy,” said Javid.
“It’s impressive that in the space of 36 months Curo has acquired this site, obtained planning, started construction – and the first residents will be moving in at Easter. Housing Associations are key partners in delivering the Government’s target of one million new homes.”
Mulberry Park in intended to make a “significant contribution” to meeting the need for more than 12,000 new homes across the Bath area by 2029, identified in the council’s core strategy.
“We’re a business with a social mission at our heart, committed to providing affordable housing and opportunities for local people in Bath,” said Curo chief Victor da Cunha We’re proud to be investing in Mulberry Park and Foxhill and making such a vital contribution to the local economy - delivering warm, secure homes, outstanding community facilities and beautiful open spaces alongside training and employment for residents.”
Mulberry Park, alongside the proposed regeneration of the Foxhill estate, was designated as a Housing Zone by central government in 2015. In October 2016, Bath &North East Somerset Council approved a charter setting out its shared ambitions for the Housing Zone with Curo and the local community.
“The Foxhill Housing Zone is a scheme of national and local significance,” da Cunha added. “We’re delighted to show the Secretary of State the first new homes as they near completion. We are grateful for the support we are receiving from the government and the council to create new homes and a long term sustainable future for Foxhill.”
Photo: (L-R) Secretary of state for communities and local government, Sajid Javid; Ben Howlett MP; and Curo chief executive Victor da Cunha at Mulberry Park