Top marks for Preston's biggest social housing landlord after inspection

Preston's biggest social housing landlord has won a five-star rating after an inspection by the industry regulator.

Thursday, 1st July 2021, 4:55 am

Community Gateway Association (CGA), which has around 6,500 tenants in the city, has been given top marks for its financial viability and for the way in which the organisation is run.

The community-based housing association received the highest possible rating G1 for governance and V1 for viability from the Regulator of Social Housing.

The announcement followed an in-depth assessment by the regulator which involved intensive scrutiny of documentary evidence, observation of a board meeting and interviews with members of the CGA board and the executive leadership team.

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Founded in 2005, Community Gateway is based on the city's dock estate.

Chief executive Rob Wakefield said: “I’m delighted with the outcome of our in-depth assessment and recognise the hard work and dedication from colleagues across the business to achieve it.

"We have ambitious plans to continue the great work we do in our communities and this grading underpins our plans for the future.”

Chairman David Yates added: “This a huge achievement and the result of a lot of hard work by everyone at Community Gateway. Congratulations to all involved on this fantastic success."

Community Gateway was set up in 2005 and took over the management of Preston s 6,500 council properties.

Chairman David Yates (left) and chief executive Rob Wakefield.

Over the past 16 years it has improved the city's social housing stock and is involved in a large scale building programme to create more affordable homes.