Work has started this month (July) on a 120-home affordable homes development in Worcester for leading housing provider Stonewater – which is being built by Vistry Partnerships West Midlands.
Supported by Homes England funding, Stonewater is working with Worcester City Council to deliver the much-needed development off Bromyard Road. Each home will benefit from the installation of air source heat pumps, making the homes more cost-effective to run whilst also lowering carbon emissions.
High-quality site-based construction techniques will be used to improve efficiency during the building work, with Stonewater seeking to create local employment, training and supply chain opportunities.
The completed development will provide a mixture of two, three and four-bedroom houses to support local people struggling to rent or buy their own home. It will include 26 homes for affordable rent, 38 for social rent and 48 for shared ownership. Another eight will be available for Rent to Buy, aimed at easing the transition from renting to buying a home.
As the primary landowner, Stonewater will maintain and manage the surrounding public spaces – including protecting and enhancing the green spaces and biodiversity across the University Park area.
Each home will have its own garden and parking, with residents having access to communal outside space that will feature a fruit and vegetable garden and a play park. This is in addition to a ‘green corridor’ linking to nearby natural spaces and cycle paths.
There will also be a piece of public artwork created for the scheme, reflecting the local area and its history, as an eye-catching focal point for members of the new community.