New affordable homes at brownfield site in Plymouth
Published by Slough for Westward Housing Group in Housing
From left: Gwenda Beckley, Help to Buy South West; Sue Edmans, Westward Housing Officer; Anthony Bassett, Westward Development Manager; Felicity King, Westward Executive Finance Director; Nick Carter, Housing Delivery Team Leader of Plymouth City Council;
New affordable homes for 31 families are starting to be built as part of a larger development of 208 homes on a large brownfield site in Plymouth.
The affordable homes form part of the Homes and Communities Agency 2011 – 2015 Affordable Homes Programme with the total scheme value exceeds £2.5m which is funded entirely by Westward.
The whole site is being developed by Taylor Wimpey, with the former industrial unit off Ham Drive, knocked down as part of the redevelopment of this brownfield site. Westward Housing Group’s work with Plymouth City Council has resulted in 31 of the homes being delivered as affordable homes to rent and buy as part of the planning negotiations.
Westward will be providing a range of family homes including four, three and two bed houses and flats. This includes one home that will be adapted for a household with disabilities.
The new homes are a mix of tenure types including 12 shared ownership available for sale from Westward Housing Group; and 19 affordable housing for rent - allocated through Devon Home Choice.
New homes are expected to be available from Autumn 2014 with further phases planned through till Summer 2018.
The affordable homes have been secured through the city council’s section 106 planning agreement which require a number of homes on any new development to be affordable.
Councillor Tudor Evans, Leader of Plymouth City Council said: “Creating more affordable housing for people living in the city is a top priority for Plymouth City Council and I’m delighted to see a site like Cherry Tree Gardens given new life. We are particularly keen to redevelop brownfield and former industrial sites like this wherever possible.”
Anthony Bassett, Westward’s Development Manager for the area said: “We are delighted to be developing these homes in partnership with Plymouth City Council and as a first for us – with Taylor Wimpey. The regeneration scheme on this central location has proved very popular.
“We are pleased that a family will also benefit from two properties being combined into one four-bed house to provide a necessary disabled adaptation so that they have a home best suited to their needs.”
Some of the properties will have energy efficiency measures to reduce their fuel bills – in this instance photovoltaic solar panels for heating; all are built to Sustainable Homes Level 3.
The site itself was previously occupied by manufacturing company Hellermann which has relocated.