A groundbreaking self build scheme has begun that will provide more affordable housing for armed forces veterans.
The Herefordshire self build project will comprise armed forces veterans gaining construction skills and experience, as well as a place to live.
The 19-home development, comprising a mix of houses and flats, will be available for affordable rent with a proportion of the builds allocated for ex-service personnel.
Up to nine veterans will work on the project in Leominster, Herefordshire, which is being organised by housing association Stonewater, which is working with Community Self Build Agency – now part of supported housing provider Alabaré – and the Royal British Legion.
The veterans will receive training and support from Stonewater’s local contractor, Harper Group Construction Ltd, and when built, the veterans will have the chance to rent one of the homes.
Affordable Self Build Housing
The need for more affordable housing was made clear last month following a survey that revealed the cost of homes for first-time buyers could rise by 150% over the next three decades.
The scale of the homebuilding crisis in the UK has also been addressed by housing minister Esther McVey, who said escalating housing prices in the UK “cannot be right”. McVey also reiterated the government’s support for Right to Build as a means of improving housing in the UK.
Herefordshire Councillor Barry Durkin said of the new self build project: “This is a great opportunity to provide more affordable housing for veterans. This scheme not only provides much needed homes but will also provide the veterans with the training and skills needed to not only help build their own homes and but hopefully also gain future employment.”
Major (Retired) Ken Hames MBE at Alabaré, said: “For the veterans fortunate enough to be part of the project they have a unique opportunity to gain the skills that could lead to long term employment, and the support to ultimately be able to live successful, independent lives once more. Together they will be creating a community that they can call home.”