Building has started on a new housing development that will give local people in the Forest of Dean more affordable ways of owning a home.
Platform have started work on their site at Watery Lane in Newent, where they will build 40 homes. Half of these will be available to buy through shared ownership which offers an easier way for people to get on the property ladder by owning a percentage of the home and paying rent on the rest. The other half will be offered for affordable rent to people who need more accessible housing in the area.
Above: A birds eye view of the development.
Representatives from all parties involved visited the site recently to examine the progress made so far including the district council, developers and Homes England who provided funding for the scheme (pictured below). The site has special significance for Platform as it is their first such project in the Forest of Dean.
Executive Director for Growth and Development Gerraint Oakley was one of the project team who attended today’s site visit,
“It’s fantastic to be working alongside a proactive council who recognise and value the importance of affordable housing within its communities. We are delighted to see this development site commence and look forward to delivering further homes in the Forest of Dean in the future.”
Also invited were members from the Forest of Dean District Council. Cabinet Member for Housing, Cllr Claire Vaughan, said,
“Ensuring there is a range of affordable housing to meet the needs of residents is one of our key priorities as the District Council, and this development with Platform in Newent is a great example of this.”
The constructor for the site will be Tricas, who have worked with Platform before. Managing Director, Tom Broadway said,
“Newent represents our fourth and largest scheme with Platform Housing Group, and it is one that we are already very proud of. Being given the opportunity to deliver such an important project in such fantastic location is something that excited us all at Tricas. The delivery team and wider business will build on our growing reputation, and we look forward to handing the keys over to the new residents upon completion.”
The site is directly opposite Newent Community School and Sixth Form who will directly benefit as a result of the section 106 agreement in place, which puts funding and resources back into the local area. Business Manager for the school Ann Price said,
“We look forward to being able to engage with Platform and their partners as they become part of the community. We’re hoping to make improvements to the outdoor dining area where students can socialise while eating and it will be great to see this come to fruition as a result of the development.”
Work is due to be finished on the homes in the autumn of 2023.