Development will help address housing needs

Saturday 6th November 2021 7:00 am
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A HOUSING development in Newent made up of 36 new affordable homes is due to be completed this month.

The final residents at Southend Nurseries, located on the outskirts of the town near the B4216, will move into their properties during the first week of November.

The development, which is owned and managed by Bromford Housing Association and constructed by E G Carter and Co, has seen all 36 properties being designated as affordable housing, with priority being given to those who already live in the district.

The designation follows a collaboration with Forest of Dean District Council (FODDC) to address housing needs in the district through the provision of funding from Homes England.

The first residents began moving into their homes in September, with the final residents due to move into the remaining 16 properties this week.

Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Claire Vaughan, said: "We are pleased to say that all 36 of the properties developed here will be available as rented, affordable housing, to help address the housing needs of the area, with priority given to those who already live in the district. Being located on a brownfield site, it has also been great to see the regeneration of this area to develop housing for our residents, located within easy reach of Newent town."

The development consists of eight one-bedroom flats, 18 two-bedroom houses, eight three-bedroom houses and two four-bedroom houses.

The site is located on what was formerly a nursery made up of numerous large greenhouses on concrete bases.

Planning permission was granted for the homes in June 2020 and is the first site in the Forest to be developed by Bromford.

The development supports two key objectives in the council’s Housing Strategy 2021-2024, including delivering homes to meet the needs of communities, and providing sustainable housing through the regeneration of the brownfield site.

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