The latest new development from housing group Torus, welcomed new tenants this week.
Styche Mews in Parr, a block of 25 apartments for people aged 55 and over, was officially opened by Torus Chief Executive Steve Coffey and Chair Graham Burgess.
Councillors Murphy and Quinn, joined representatives from Torus for a tour of the development and a closer look at the apartments inside.
Commenting on the development Councillor Sue Murphy, Cabinet Member for Balanced Development and Economic Opportunity, said: “It was a great honour to be present at the opening of such a wonderful facility. The homes Torus are supplying for the over 55s of the area are really inspiring! They’re finished to an extremely high standard and will provide comfort and security for all residents.”
Available for affordable rent, the one bed apartments, close to St Helens town centre and local shops, boast floor to ceiling windows, contemporary open plan living and generous double bedrooms.
Elaine, who got the keys to her new apartment on Tuesday said: “I had started to feel unsafe in my previous home and wanted to move closer to my family.
“The service from Torus was very quick and I now have a beautiful little home for when I retire. A private place with family close by. I really couldn’t ask for anything more.”
Councillor Marlene Quinn, St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: “Once again I am really impressed with the quality of the homes on offer by Torus for the over 55s. The layout of the development is fantastic! Each apartment is well planned out and will I’m sure be turned into beautiful homes when residents start to personalise them. The garden at the rear of the apartment block is fantastic and, added to this, the security doors on the main entrances give the tenants peace of mind.”
In April this year, Torus unveiled plans to build at least 5,300 new homes over the next five years, and Styche Mews is the first of these to complete. The group has already delivered more than 500 affordable new homes across St Helens, including developments in Sutton, Windle, Newton le Willows, Moss Bank and Thatto Heath. A further 500 homes, including specialist housing for over 55s in Fingerpost, are well underway and plans for a further 300+ homes in St Helens are firmly in the pipeline.
The new homes are part of an on-going commitment from Torus to invest in the Borough and have a positive impact on the lives of the people who live in it.
Commenting on this, chief executive Steve Coffey said: “We invest in our communities emotionally as well as financially.
“Whether we’re opening the door to a home that’s genuinely affordable; helping an unemployed person into work or providing local initiatives around health and wellbeing, we do it because we want to create a sustainable future for people and places alike.
“Everything we do aims to contribute to the wellbeing of the local area and the people who live there.”