Thu, 22 Sept 2016
AFTER a seven-year wait, residents have moved into a new set of affordable homes in Thatcham.
People have begun moving in to 10 new affordable homes at Munro House in the Haywards.
Sovereign housing has completed the long-awaited transformation of the former Taceham House, into four maisonettes and six houses.
Taceham House had been used for temporary accommodation by West Berkshire Council until it became unsuitable to house people in 2009.
The building was left uninhabited and was described as a “Thatcham eyesore” by councillors.
The Conservatives, whose manifesto included bringing the building back into use, said that the regeneration process had been plagued by delays.
Then, in August last year, the council sold the building to Sovereign for £1. The deal also included Sovereign providing two properties to be used as temporary accommodation.
Sovereign’s asset and regeneration director, Roger Keeling, said: “It’s great to see the transformation at Munro House, with new residents now moving in and turning these properties into homes.
“We’re committed to providing new affordable homes in West Berkshire, both to rent and to buy, to meet local housing need.
“We’re also really pleased to be able to provide two nearby homes to West Berkshire Council to help them provide temporary accommodation to those that need it.”
Residents were asked to name the new build with Munro House being selected in honour of local suffragette Anna Munro.
Mrs Munro (1881-1962) championed women’s votes as part of the suffrage movement until it disbanded in 1962.
As well as working tirelessly for women’s rights around the world, Mrs Munro was one of the first women councillors to be appointed to Thatcham Parish Council in 1919.
West Berkshire Council’s executive member for housing, Hilary Cole (Con, Chieveley) said: “I am delighted that this development is such a successful and great example of partnership working and I really hope that all the residents who will be moving in shortly will enjoy living in these lovely new homes and apartments.”
The work was carried out by construction company E G Carters.
The homes also come with integral bat and bird boxes and sparrow terraces, in line with an environmental assessment of the site, carried out prior to construction.