Leading affordable housing provider Westleigh has begun work on 82 new homes on Bective Road in Northampton.
The project, a collaboration with Spire Homes, which is part of Longhurst Group, and Northampton Borough Council, will see a mix of one bedroom flats and two and three bedroom houses provided. Westleigh is building the homes on behalf of Spire Homes, who will in turn make them available for affordable rent and sale on a shared ownership basis.
Westleigh is building the homes on the site of a former educational facility which has now lain empty for over a decade.
Gary Turner, Head of Partnerships and Investment at Westleigh, said: “We are pleased that work on the Bective Road site is now underway.
“This brownfield land has been disused since 2006 and has fallen into disrepair. Northampton needs more affordable housing, and this development allows us to go some way towards addressing that need, whilst helping to rejuvenate the surrounding area and ensuring that the land does not continue to go to waste.”
Ian Jackson, Executive Director of Portfolio Investment at Longhurst Group, said: “Starting on site at Bective Road is another milestone on our journey to deliver 2,500 new homes by 2019.
“It represents another great example of our successful partnership with Westleigh and emphasises our commitment to continue working closely with local authorities, such as Northampton Borough Council, to deliver quality, affordable housing where it is needed the most.
“These affordable and shared ownership properties form part of Spire Homes' £28 million investment in the region, which will see us provide more than 400 homes in the next two years.”
Councillor Stephen Hibbert, cabinet member for housing and wellbeing at Northampton Borough Council, said: “We know that there’s a real need for good quality, affordable homes in Northampton, so it's great that this formerly disused site can be brought back into productive use to provide these new homes and improve the local neighbourhood.”
Westleigh is part of the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) Delivery Partner Panel on both the Midlands and Northern lots and works closely together with housing associations to build affordable new homes throughout the East and West Midlands, Yorkshire and Cambridgeshire. The developer was recently granted over £48m of HCA funding to bring almost 1,600 new homes to these regions. For further information visit www.westleigh.co.uk.
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