Three Valleys’ housing plans

THREE Valleys Housing has revealed plans to build new affordable housing in Erewash.

The housing association, which is responsible for 5,000 homes across Erewash, has teamed up with the East Midlands Housing Group and is now hoping to help boost the numbers of affordable homes in the borough.

The move comes after it was removed from supervision from the Tenants Services Authority (TSA).

New Managing Director Sue Coulson said: “Three Valleys Housing is already improving as a provider of social housing. Within the stability of East Midlands Housing Group, that improvement will be consolidated, and we will have opportunities to develop our services beyond what we could have done on our own.”

Three Valleys was placed under the supervision of the TSA in February 2010 because inspectors felt it was falling short of its strict regulations about how housing providers should be governed.

But it has now been cleared to work independently and Mrs Coulson, who joined the not-for-profit association a couple of months ago, is now looking to move forward onto bigger and better things.

“We’ve been on a testing journey,” she said. “But the fact that our staff have continued to achieve excellent performance results and provide such a valued service to our customers shows the strong foundations we have to build on.”

Tenant and chair of Three Valleys scrutiny panel Andy Garton added: “This is an achievement worth celebrating. It creates a lot of stability for everybody – Three Valley’s tenants and staff.”