THE GREEN light has been given for new homesat Upper Lighthorne.
Countryside Partnerships, working together with Homes England, has finalised the purchase of land for a development of 259 new homes, including 130 affordable homes, to be known as Windmill View, and has secured planning permission for the first phase of the project.
The start of work also triggers an investment of over £2million in healthcare, education, roads and other local services for both current and new members of the community.
A further 280 homes are expected to be delivered as part of a second phase on the site, and in total the wider development will eventually provide around 1,000 homes.
Work on the first phase is expected to start on site before the end of the year.
Stephen Teagle, chief executive of Countryside Partnerships, said: “As the UK’s largest provider of multi-tenure, affordable homes, we always want to work with partners like Homes England and Citizen to deliver new developments like Windmill View. There’s a crippling shortage of affordable homes across the UK and we’re scaling up our ambitions to tackle that shortage and to provide homes where they are needed most.”
Nick Byrne, executive director at Citizen, which will own and manage the affordable homes, added: “We are proud to be involved with this exciting new scheme, delivering much-needed new affordable homes for the local community. Having worked with Countryside on a number of other projects, we’re pleased to be partnering with them once again on another high-quality development. We’re looking forward to seeing this development progress once work starts.”
Ragu Sittambalam, senior planning manager at Homes England, said: “This is an important milestone for Countryside’s Windmill View development and is the next step towards the creation of 259 new homes, many of which will be affordable, in an area of unaffordability.
“We have worked with Countryside to ensure critical infrastructure can be built to support the development and wider area, and our investment will help to accelerate the delivery of new homes. We’re looking forward to seeing the new community taking shape over the coming years.”