New Cherry Trees enhance local space


Last week was Tree Care Week and Rentplus joined forces with local housing association, Greatwell Homes, to plant four cherry trees in Wellingborough. They were joined by children, parents and carers from the local Wellingborough Eco Group.

 The new cherry trees are sited on a much used garage area onthe Queensway near Glamis Hall and will shortly blossom into pink and white blooms, providing a few weeks of colour, a season celebrated around the world.

 Jo Savage, Chief Executive, at Greatwell Homes was joined by Executive Director, Chris Holloway and Board Member, Cheryl Armatrading. Jo said:

“Many years ago, this space was overgrown and unmaintained. After we identified areas that needed some TLC, our Greatwell Places team spent the week cutting it back and turning it into a useful space whilst keeping the existing trees, much to the delight of the nearby customers who also helped with the project.”

“It was so lovely to be able to add more life to a much-used area of the Queensway assisting with the Greatwell Homes’ mission of shaping places people are proud to call home.”

 Steve Collins, Rentplus CEO added:

“It is the Tree Council Tree’s Love Care week and Rentplus wants to plant trees on each of our developments: we weren’t able to add to the landscaping on sites in Kingsthorpe, Earls Barton, Daventry or Towcester Road, and so these four trees is a way of enhancing the environment in Northamptonshire.”

Rentplus is an affordable rent to buy provider, who has been working with Greatwell Homes for over eight years.  Some of the customers who moved into Rentplus properties managed by Greatwell Homes with no deposit between 2017 and 2019 are now buying 100% of their home, helped by a 10% gifted sum from Rentplus to put towards their savings.  The rental income Greatwell Homes received has helped to reinvest in existing homes to make sure they remain up to date, well maintained and suitable for people’s needs.

Steve added:

“Greatwell Homes were one of the first adopters of Rentplus and because of them, local people who could not save a deposit have the chance to become homeowners: we’re very proud of this partnership.”

The partners are working together to deliver more affordable rent to buy in Northampton and Daventry.

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It has been over seven years since we completed our first schemes in Dorset and Plymouth. To date, Rentplus has delivered over 600 homes on 37 different schemes with 10 housing provider partners across 27 different local authorities. Over 1,400 people now live in a Rentplus home.

Rentplus provides affordable rent to buy homes to key workers in our communities that would otherwise not have the opportunity to work towards owning their own home. The data shows that typical Rentplus occupants are likely to be hard-working couples in their late 20s or early 30s with children. They live on a below-average household income and will be a key or essential worker, working for the NHS, in Education, Retail or Manufacturing. They were living in existing social housing or the over-expensive private rented sector and were unable to save for a deposit. Many were on the local authority housing waiting list but were unlikely to be provided with an affordable home due to their level of housing need.

Many in social housing turned down the chance to effect their Right to Buy because they did not like the home they had been living in, or it was not in the right area. They chose to give this up to move to a brand new home in an area they liked. All have a real passionate aspiration to own their own home, but their pathway was blocked because they didn’t have a deposit and little or no spare income to save towards one.

Rentplus gives families a real chance by providing them with the quality home they need now when they need it most, and in the area where they want to live. It gives them a real opportunity to save for a deposit while paying cheaper rent, and provides support from their local housing association to maximise their income and savings. With the benefit of the 10% gifted deposit from Rentplus when they come to buy their home.

Rentplus is an unique, real, and genuine opportunity for them to realise their aspiration and eventually own their own home – something that would have been impossible for many of our families any other way.


Read our full Winter 2023/Spring 2024 newsletter below –
Newsplus Winter 2023 /Spring 2024

New affordable rent to buy homes with beautiful views of Tavistock


Rentplus is excited to be offering new affordable rent to buy homes in Tavistock, with beautiful overlooking views of the town. Successful applicants move in with no deposit and pay affordable rent, having the option to buy between 5 and 20 years with a 10% gifted sum from Rentplus.  Phase 1 consists of 6 x 2 bedroom flats, with phase 2 following later in the year consisting of  3 x 2 bedroom houses and 4 x 3 bedroom houses.

Applicants must have been residing for 3 years or more in the West Devon Borough Council area.

For more information,  see our full brochure here.



Do you live in the Hampshire town of Havant?

Rentplus is excited to be offering new affordable rent to buy homes for the first time in Havant in partnership with Havant Borough Council, Redrow homes and Winchester Housing Trust. Successful applicants move in with no deposit and pay affordable rent, having the option to buy between 5 and 20 years with a 10% gifted sum from Rentplus.  There will be a total of 21 homes with the first 10 becoming available in March 2024 and the second phase expected in 2025.

Applicants must be registered on the Hampshire Home Choice and cannot be Portsmouth residents currently residing in Havant. For more information, see the full brochure here.


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