Royal opening for Monarch Park play area

30 October 2013

Monarch Park play area opening

There was a royal turnout for a community fun day which accompanied the opening of a children’s play area at our newly-completed Monarch Park development at Elizabeth Road in Cannock.

Guests, including royal lookalikes for the Queen and Prince William, joined residents to mark the completion of 150 new homes which have transformed an estate originally built 60 years ago and named to honour the Queen’s coronation.

The new housing is the successful result of a partnership between Cannock Chase Council, Waterloo Housing Group and housebuilder Lovell. The £17 million redevelopment also benefited from £3.95 million of investment support from the government’s Homes and Communities Agency.

Councillor Frank Allen, Portfolio Leader for Housing at Cannock Chase Council, said: “I am absolutely delighted with the transformation.  The two-year housing regeneration project has created homes which residents can be proud of and is to the betterment of the area. This community event marks the successful partnership working of all agencies and is the way forward in the future.”

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The redevelopment replaced worn-out concrete houses with 150 stylish and spacious new family homes, including 36 sold through shared ownership on a part-buy and part-rent basis. Just one property – the 3-bed show home -  is still available to buy through Waterloo Homes.

Sixty-three of the homes are rented and were let to local people on the council’s housing register and a further 50 homes were built for sale by Lovell, with over half already sold. The redevelopment has also provided attractive public open space, a children’s play area and a newly laid road through the estate.

Community fun day

The community day was organised by Waterloo Housing Group with support from Lovell and local community groups, including SNAP (Special Needs Adventure Playground) and Chase Council for Voluntary Service. It offered residents a host of information and free activities including face-painting, seasonal crafts and baked potatoes to eat. You can see more pictures from the event on the Waterloo Housing Group Flickr channel.

The  top picture shows, from left to right: ‘Prince William’; ‘Her Majesty the Queen’; Anthony Riley, Group Director of Development & Operations at Waterloo Housing Group;  Kate Rees, Regional Sales Manager at Lovell; and Councillor Frank Allen, Portfolio Leader for Housing at Cannock Chase Council.

In the second picture are from left to right: ‘Her Majesty the Queen’; ‘Prince William’; Councillor Frank Allen, Portfolio Leader for Housing at Cannock Chase Council; Connor (9) and Kieran (4) Roycroft.