Update about The Paddocks Development

Keep Moat Homes, Bournville Village Trust (BVT) and Homes England can confirm that a full schedule of work including landscaping, ecology works and road and drainage remedial work is now underway to complete the Paddocks development in the village.

This includes;

• Landscapers (Four Seasons) are currently on site carrying out remedial works with a target completion date of mid-July
• The final ecology sign off will take place at the end of June to tie in with the above landscaping works
• As part of the planning conditions, S104 and S38 remedial work to be carried out to enable the drainage system and roads to be completed, which will begin by the end of May

It’s expected that all work will be finished by the end of August, with the development handed over to BVT in October. We apologise for the delay and inconvenience this has caused.

Design a platinum Jubilee Cake

We’ve got a very exciting competition for Lightmoor Village residents, how would you like to design a cake for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee?

The winning design will be created by local cake maker Leanne Humphries from Sweet Little Things and the winner will be guest of honour to cut the cake at our Jubilee Beacon lightning on Thursday 2nd June. Designs should be suitable for a round cake and celebrate 70 years of the Queen’s coronation.

You can send your entries to events@bvt.org.uk and don’t forget to include your name and contact details by the 25th May 2022. The competition winner will be announced on Friday 27th May.

Low carbon timber homes being built in Lightmoor Vilage

Nearly 100 low carbon timber homes are to be developed in Lightmoor village helping to create new and sustainable housing for people to rent and buy. Homes at the Croppings 2 site will be made at Walsall-based factory LoCaL Homes and developed by Jessup Brothers Ltd in partnership with Bournville Village Trust and Homes England. Work to prepare the site of the 96 two and three-bedroom homes is well underway, with the first property expected to be complete by May this year.

The homes will be made available to first time buyers looking to get onto the property ladder and families in need of affordable homes to rent. Rebecca Stevens, Project Director at Bournville Village Trust, said: “Being able to introduce modern methods of construction to Lightmoor, like these high-quality timber frame properties, will help us reduce carbon, improve sustainability and offer affordable-to-run housing to local people.

“We are really pleased to be working with LoCaL Homes who operate as a social not-for-profit enterprise, sharing many of the same values that as we do. It was a pleasure to be invited to tour the factory and see first-hand the quality of the homes and meet the people who make them.”

Chris Hagan, Director at LoCaL Homes, which is part of GreenSquareAccord said: “We are delighted to be working with Bournville Village Trust and Jessup’s on this project to deliver energy efficient, sustainable, low carbon homes. This partnership demonstrates our continued commitment to support housing associations deliver much needed affordable homes through modern methods of construction.”

The Croppings 2 is one of the final developments in Lightmoor, signalling the completion of one of Telford’s most significant housing developments of the last decade. The second development, The Woodlands, will feature 202 homes with 50 for social rent which will be managed by Bournville Village Trust. The remaining 152 homes will be available for people to buy and Jessup will be developing a range of two, three and four-bedroom homes to a high specification. Work has started on the Woodlands development is set to be completed in summer 2025

Once finished, Lightmoor village will feature 1,000 homes in total. It has been developed through a joint venture between Bournville Village Trust and Homes England and is also home to a primary school, nursery and retail units. More than half of the area of the village is made up of parks and other open spaces.

Bournville Village Trust, founded in 1900, is a community-based housing association and registered charity. Its mission is to create and sustain communities where people can thrive. It provides services to 8,000 homes and 25,000 people in Birmingham and Telford.

Join our Communications Forum

We are re-launching our communications forum and are looking for residents to join and help us provide better communication and customer service.

As a member of the forum, you’ll review documents for Bournville Village Trust customers, communication process and systems and make suggestions for how they could be improved.

Open to all residents in Birmingham and Telford, service managers will attend forum meetings – giving you the opportunity to ask questions, get a great understanding of a service and share your feedback directly with them.

What’s involved in being a member of the Forum?

• Four meetings a year either in person/online or combination of both
• You can ‘opt in’ to reviews of your choice
• Directly shape BVT communication with customers
• Opportunity to help BVT provide excellent customer service, quality customer-focused and inclusive communication
• Chance to develop your personal and professional skills such as team work and research.

Skills you’ll need

• Experience in communication and/or a willingness to learn and improve your skills in this area
• Ability to consider inclusivity when reviewing communication and the broad range of customers BVT serve
• Willingness to look at best practice in communication and apply this to reviews
• Ability to listen to other members of the forum and ensure everyone’s voice is heard.

If you’d like to find out more about joining the forum, you can contact our Community Development Worker Harry Guildford for an informal chat at harryguildford@bvt.org.uk or call 0300 333 6540. We are planning to hold our first meeting in April, therefore if you are interested in joining the Forum, please contact Harry by 4th March 2022.

Exotic Zoo comes to Lightmoor

Looking for a local activity for the kids to attend this half-term?

Then look no further, we’re delighted to have arranged for the Exotic Zoo to be at The Oak Tree Centre on Thursday 24 February at 11.00am.

For just £1.00 per child, they’ll learn about lots of different animals and get closer than they ever have before.

Places are limited, so book your space by calling 01952 898524 or email events@bvt.org.uk

Age 50 or over and looking for a new rented home?

Are you or do you have family or friends aged over 50 who are looking for a new rented home?

Bournville House in Lightmoor provides high quality accommodation with 2 bedrooms apartments and a range of communal facilities including lounges, gardens, greenhouses, craft rooms, lifts, laundry room, buggy store, car park, hairdresser and nail technician on site.

If you’d like to have a tour round, contact manager Donna on 0121 667 1028 or 0121 667 1017 to arrange a suitable date/time or email her on DonnaLister-Trowell@bvt.org.uk.

Further information can also be found on https://www.bvt.org.uk/retirement-and-extra-care-housing/retirement-and-extra-care-housing-bournville-house

Telford Estates & Development Committee visit Lightmoor Village

Chair of Lightmoor Village Estate Management Committee, Jordan Taylor, along with members of BVT Lightmoor Village recently welcomed members of BVT’s Telford Estates & Development Committee to Lightmoor Village.

The committee members who are BVT Trustees were shown the developments taking place within the Village, discussed the challenges for residents living in a developing village and chatted about future opportunities for further community engagement as we hopefully leave Covid restrictions behind. Don’t forget you can always get in touch with the BVT Lightmoor team by phone, email or direct message on our social media pages.

Christmas thanks from Bournville House residents

We’re delighted to have received these photographs from residents at Bournville House enjoying a pre-Christmas get together thanks to BVT. All residents were treated to a Christmas lunch and resident Bill provided the festive spirit by singing Christmas carols too.
Residents said: ‘Thank you so much, it was brilliant, the best day I can remember for quite a while. It’s just what we all needed’.

Partnership work helps struggling families enjoy Christmas

Bournville Village Trust in Telford recently joined forces with Telford Crisis Support to make sure ten struggling families could enjoy Christmas.

We were invited to nominate families in financial need and just before Christmas, our staff delivered special parcels which included everything to enjoy a lovely Christmas dinner, treats for the day and, thanks to local schools and businesses, presents for children to open on Christmas morning.

Ella Atkinson, Housing Officer at Bournville Village Trust, said: “There are so many people that have struggled financially in the last couple of years, so to be able to make such a difference to ten families meant a lot to us. Joining forces with Telford Crisis Support shows the difference organisations can make to families by working together.”

All of the families were overwhelmed with the support they received with one resident sharing: “Thanks so much, we really appreciate you collecting the hamper. Thanks so, so much, you’re our guardian angel”.

If you or someone you know is struggling to afford food, fuel or essential household items to keep well during the colder months, please contact us.

You can speak with one of our friendly financial inclusion officers on 0300 333 6540 or at FIT@bvt.org.uk and receive help through our Well Winter campaign which runs until March. For more information, please go to www.bvt.org.uk/well-winter/about-well-winter

Information about coronavirus and our services

Some of our services are being delivered in a different way to reflect government advice on limiting the spread of Covid and to keep you and our staff as safe as possible. To find out more, please go to https://www.bvt.org.uk/news-and-events/update-information-about-coronavirus-and-our-services/