Work has started on 84 new affordable homes on Kingfield Road in Coventry.
The £7.9M development is the product of a partnership between Westleigh, housing association Midland Heart and Coventry City Council, with £2.22M in grant funding from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).
The site will provide a mix of one bedroom flats and two, three and four bedroom houses which will be available for affordable rent and shared ownership.
The new homes will be well connected to the city centre, which is less than 15 minutes away by public transport, and the development is in the vicinity of four primary schools, a doctor’s surgery and other local amenities.
Gino Siani, Westleigh’s Head of New Business for the West Midlands, said: “The start of work on-site is an important landmark in this project to provide much-needed affordable housing for the community in Coventry.
“This new development will give couples and young families on a low income the security of a home to call their own. It will also offer a route onto the property ladder for those who might otherwise find a mortgage to be out of their reach.
“We are proud to be working with our partners at Midland Heart and Coventry City Council to bring this important scheme forward.”
Chris Miller, Director of Development at Midland Heart said: “We have been a significant provider of affordable housing in Coventry for many years and this is a great development that we are very proud to be bringing to the area.
“These new homes will provide real opportunities to those looking to own their own home and go some way to meet local affordable housing need.”
City councillors Linda Bigham and Jim O’Boyle were on hand to mark the beginning of work at the site. Cllr Bigham said: “I welcome this new development with its mix of homes for affordable rent and shared ownership. Partnership is what Coventry has always done well and this partnership with Westleigh and Midland Heart will bring much-needed opportunity for those needing both single-bedroomed or larger housing to gain a ‘home of their own’ in an area with good public transport and amenities.”
Cllr O’Boyle said: “I am pleased to offer the City Council’s support to this scheme. It is vital that as the City grows and job opportunities are snapped up by local people, that they have the opportunity to find suitable and affordable accommodation in our City. That is why this scheme is essential to the overall economic growth and wellbeing of our citizens.”
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