Work has started on a new £9.5 million development which will see 72 new homes built in Coventry.
Whitefriars Housing, which is part of WM Housing Group, is building the homes on a piece of land between Gerard Avenue and Queen Margaret’s Road off Charter Avenue in Westwood Heath.
The development, called Tudor Grange, will see 51 new homes built for affordable rent and 21 offered at outright sale by Signature New Homes with the option to take up Help to Buy. The properties will be a mix of two, three and four-bedroom homes.
This is the second scheme in the city to be developed through an innovative partnership between Whitefriars and Coventry City Council which will see over 230 homes provided on land owned by the respective partners.
The first scheme under the partnership started earlier this year at Stretton Avenue in Willenhall and will provide 14 homes for rent. Representatives gathered for a ceremony to mark the official start of work on Friday 23rd November.
Tudor Grange has been part funded by a £1.4m grant from Homes England, the Government’s housing delivery agency. The homes are being built by one of WM’s framework partners, partnership homes developer Lovell, and are scheduled for completion by December 2019.
Nick Byrne, Executive Director of Development at WM Housing, said: “We are delighted to be starting work on the Tudor Grange development which will see much-needed affordable housing brought to the community as part of our innovative partnership with Coventry City Council
“The development, along with others which are part of our partnership, will provide a mix of options in terms of both size and tenure and we look forward to working with Coventry City Council and Lovell to get the new homes completed.”
Cllr Ed Ruane, Coventry City Council Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, added: “Across the country and in Coventry we are in desperate need of more housing. We are working closely with stakeholders to identify every opportunity to make appropriate accommodation available. This is such an important development providing family homes – especially for people on a lower income.
“There is a need for larger family homes and we need more new affordable housing that will help meet local needs. I hope that we can see other developments get underway in the coming months.”
Lovell regional managing director Stuart Penn says: “Our team has a strong record of delivering smart, modern developments where people want to live and are extremely pleased to bring that expertise to this scheme through our valued framework partnership with WM Housing Group. These homes will increase options for homebuyers as well as boosting the supply of good-quality rented homes in the local community.”