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Date published: 17 November 2023

The fully affordable housing development, which is being supported by funding from Homes England, will be completed in two stages, the first of which will comprise 31 homes, and the second, 12 homes. 

The scheme will breathe new life into the brownfield site where Park Senior School once stood, providing much-needed affordable housing for local people, and complementing Stonewater’s existing development of 24 homes which now sits opposite, on the former Park Junior School plot. 

Stonewater has partnered with Somerset Council, CMBO Construct Limited, and Baker Ruff Hannon to deliver the 19 homes for affordable rent and 12 for shared ownership.

Conveniently located on The Park, the two-bedroom apartments and two and three-bedroom houses will be close to local amenities and within walking distance of Yeovil town centre.  

Matt Crucefix, Stonewater’s Director of Development (South & West), said: "Stonewater is dedicated to providing high-quality, affordable homes UK-wide and has developed a strong partnership with Somerset Council over the years, resulting in the delivery of many much-needed housing schemes across the county. We are pleased to once again be working with the local authority to transform the brownfield site where Park Senior School once stood into a thriving community. 
"We have secured considerable investment from Homes England through our Strategic Partnership Programme (SPP) which has resulted in Stonewater providing hundreds of new homes, and we are committed to continuing our investment in local communities to help future-proof the UK’s housing stock." 

Councillor Federica Smith Roberts, Somerset Council’s Lead Member for Communities, Housing and Culture, added: "The start of the development is a massive achievement and a significant step towards increasing the housing stock in Somerset.

"Somerset Council is working to produce more affordable housing schemes across the county to help reduce inequality and create a fairer place to live. The Swallowliffe development will provide much-needed homes in Yeovil and help to tackle the housing crisis we face in Somerset."

 Nigel Marsh, Partner at Baker Ruff Hannon, commented: "This scheme demonstrates Stonewater’s willingness to unlock difficult sites and to continue development through innovative solutions in a challenging construction market. This is a great location with access to local amenities and facilities and will provide wonderful homes for people in the heart of the community."

Martin McManamon, Managing Director of CMBO Construct Limited, said: "CMBO is delighted to be working with Stonewater to deliver much-needed affordable housing to the Yeovil area."