Press releases

Stonewater responds to social housing green paper

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14 Aug 2018

Stonewater is pleased that the long-awaited social housing green paper has been published. We welcome measures to improve tenant satisfaction and empowerment, especially measures to tackle the stigma sometimes associated with living in social housing. We always strive to do better for our customers and look forward to meeting these new challenges. Improved safety standards too are welcome if we are to avoid a tragedy like Grenfell from ever happening again, as are measures to improve access to low-cost home ownership.

Stonewater welcomes supported housing decision

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09 Aug 2018

As a leading social housing provider with a wide range of supported accommodation, Stonewater welcomes the Government's decision to retain supported housing funding within the welfare system.

Stonewater appoints digital partner for ambitious transformation programme


09 Aug 2018

Leading social housing provider Stonewater has appointed website and software development agency Hallnet, to deliver a fully integrated, digital self-serve platform for its customers, using Hallnet’s Active Housing system.

Ratings Boost for Stonewater

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08 Aug 2018

Stonewater, one of the UK’s leading social housing providers, has today been assigned a long-term rating of A+ by independent credit ratings agency, S&P Global Ratings. The outlook is Stable.

Old Seaton’s garage site provides 64 affordable new homes in West Hendford

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07 Aug 2018

A ribbon-cutting performed by Councillor Ric Pallister from South Somerset District Council marked the unveiling of Fosse Park Road, a new £5.8 million development of 64 affordable new Stonewater homes on the former site of Seaton’s Garage on Seaton Road, in West Hendford, Yeovil.

Stonewater brings new life to former Queensway car park with 24 affordable apartments

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03 Aug 2018

A ribbon-cutting ceremony has marked the official opening of 24 affordable rented apartments at social housing provider Stonewater’s Ben Jacobs Court development in Queensway, Yeovil.

25 new affordable homes help priced-out villagers stay in North Mundham

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02 Aug 2018

Villagers being priced out of the housing market in North Mundham, West Sussex, have reason to celebrate this week with the opening of Stoney Meadow, a development of 25 affordable Stonewater homes.

New Foyer service provides safe temporary housing for young Poole parents

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27 Jul 2018

A new service to temporarily house young families living in unsuitable emergency accommodation has been set up at Poole Foyer in Hill Street a time when the Borough faces a chronic shortage of affordable rental housing.

Stonewater takes stock of 309 affordable rental homes in Coventry

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26 Jul 2018

Stonewater, a leading social housing provider in the West Midlands, has increased its growing portfolio of 877 affordable homes in Coventry to 1,186 following a stock transfer of 309 tenanted rental homes from The Guinness Partnership.

New Stonewater development boosts affordable housing in Market Harborough

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18 Jul 2018

The opening of 18 affordable Stonewater homes in Market Harborough is set to help the district’s ambitious affordable housing development programme which saw 120 new homes built last year, up by a record-breaking 33 per cent on the Council’s 90-home target.

Stonewater celebrates completion of 30 much-needed affordable homes in Deddington


17 Jul 2018

Leading social housing provider Stonewater has celebrated the official opening of 30 brand-new homes at Banbury Road in Deddington for local people struggling to find affordable homes in the area.

15 new Stonewater homes in Wincanton set to help renters onto the property ladder

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12 Jul 2018

Leading social housing provider Stonewater has celebrated the start of construction on its 15-affordable-home Balsam Park development in Wincanton, which is being built to help people struggling to get themselves out of rented housing and onto the property ladder.

Stonewater welcomes new Housing Minister

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09 Jul 2018

“Stonewater welcomes the new Housing and Planning Minister Kit Malthouse’s appointment today and we hope for a period of continuity and stability in the housing sector to support and help deliver the Government’s ambitious housing agenda.”

Nicholas Harris, Chief Executive, Stonewater

Rural Housing Week marked at much-needed affordable village development in West Sussex


06 Jul 2018

Leading social housing provider Stonewater has marked Rural Housing Week (2-6 July) in Coldwaltham, West Sussex, by giving delivery partners, local councils and nearby St James’ School a sneak peek at its almost-complete new affordable rental housing development, Shackleton Close.

Coleford has 62 reasons to celebrate Rural Housing Week

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06 Jul 2018

Rural Housing Week (2-6 July) was marked in Coleford with the completion of 62 affordable market town homes at Thurstan’s Rise, a 156-home development at Owen Farm.

Local MP visits innovative Stonewater low-cost housing scheme at church in Tilehurst

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04 Jul 2018

Local MP for Reading West and Minister of State for Employment, Alok Sharma, visited St George’s Church in Tilehurst where construction is progressing on an urgently-needed new community facility and 12 one- and two-bedroom Stonewater homes for affordable rent.

Dorset village scheme highlights the challenges of creating affordable rural housing

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03 Jul 2018

Leading social housing provider Stonewater has celebrated the start of Rural Housing Week (2-6 July) at its upcoming 13-home affordable village development in Winterbourne Abbas, near Dorchester.

Rural Housing Week: Shortage of affordable village homes is sucking the life out of rural Britain

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02 Jul 2018

Providing a small number of affordable homes which meet the needs and aspirations of local people could make the difference between village shops, post offices, pubs and schools staying open and available for the wider community or being forced to close.

Stonewater film highlights innovative schemes that are tackling affordable housing crisis

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27 Jun 2018

A short Stonewater film about the positive impact sheltered and affordable housing has on the lives of some of the most vulnerable homeless groups premiers this week (26-29 June) at the Chartered Institute of Housing’s (CIH) Housing 2018 national conference in Manchester – Europe’s largest housing event.

Government’s £1.67 billion social housing deal is good news for rural and ‘new town’ communities

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26 Jun 2018

“The Housing Secretary’s announcement on more funding for the social housing sector today is good news for rural and 'new town' communities where there is a chronic and increasing shortage of homes for social rent which young families so desperately need. As a housing association with an ambitious development strategy focused on bringing more affordable housing to these communities, we are pleased to see a commitment to targeted investment in areas where there is a significant affordability gap between the average housing costs in the local open rented market and average costs in the social rented sector. Many of these are in Stonewater’s operating areas across the South, South West and South East and pockets of the Midlands. We also hope this investment will be supported by continuing planning reform so that these urgently-needed homes can be delivered quickly where they are needed most.”

– Jonathan Layzell, Stonewater Executive Director for Development

Stonewater makes a stand for women in crisis

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22 Jun 2018

Stonewater, a leading social housing provider, has joined a national campaign to tackle domestic abuse within its housing communities across England.

Harriett Baldwin MP visits Great Witley village scheme to discuss affordable rural housing

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12 Jun 2018

MP Harriett Baldwin joined social housing provider Stonewater for a tour of a small development of 10 affordable village homes in Glendower Way, Great Witley where she met residents.

Work starts on 70 new affordable homes to combat housing shortage in Faringdon

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07 Jun 2018

A turf-cutting ceremony has marked the start of construction on an exciting new village development of 70 affordable Stonewater homes for local people at Fern Hill Gardens, off the Coxwell Road, on the south-west side of Faringdon.

Stonewater village scheme to help 36 households find affordable homes in Mosterton


05 Jun 2018

A turf cutting ceremony has marked the start of construction on 36 much-needed affordable Stonewater homes for local people in Mosterton Village near Beaminster. The new development of 28 houses and eight bungalows in Windsor Close, on the south-west edge of the village, will provide a mix of low-cost rental, shared ownership and Rent to Buy homes.

Swindonians invited to shape new Community Hub services at all-week free coffee morning

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04 Jun 2018

Swindonians have an opportunity to shape the services of the new Swindon Community Hub in Old Town this week (4-8 June) at a Community Consultation Coffee Morning in the former Slinky Hairdresser’s building at 17 Bath Road from 10:00am to 12:00 noon.

Work starts on innovative affordable housing scheme that’s funding St George’s new community hub in Tilehurst

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30 May 2018

Construction started this week on an innovative development that will transform a derelict church hall and brownfield site within the grounds of St George’s multi-ethnic church in St George’s Road, Tilehurst, into an urgently-needed new community centre and 12 affordable rental homes for local people.

Stonewater cuts Weobley residents’ heating costs with innovative pilot heating system

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28 May 2018

An innovative new heating system which will significantly reduce residents’ heating costs has been installed at a development of 49 one- and two-bedroom bungalows in Burton Gardens, Weobley.

Council opens new Stonewater development of low-cost rental homes in Aldershot

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18 May 2018

Rushmoor Borough Council’s Councillor Mike Roberts cut the ribbon this week at the official opening of social housing provider Stonewater’s new £1 million development of eight one- and two-bedroom low-cost rental apartments in Aldershot.

Stonewater marks start of New Homes Week by boosting affordable housing development

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17 May 2018

Marking the start of national New Homes Week (14-18 May), social housing provider Stonewater, which recently opened nine new low-cost rental apartments in Priory Bridge Road, Taunton, has announced ambitious plans to boost its housebuilding programme.

Experts gather at Bristol housing conference as rural South West faces affordable homes crisis

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17 May 2018

Thousands of affordable rural homes are urgently needed in the South West to avoid the region’s rural towns and villages becoming pockets for only pensioners and wealthy second home-owners. The warning from social housing provider Stonewater comes during New Homes Week (14-18 May) as housing professionals from across the region gather for the Chartered Institute of Housing’s (CIH) South West Housing Conference in Bristol (16-17 May).

Stonewater marks start of New Homes Week by boosting affordable housing development.

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16 May 2018

Marking the start of national New Homes Week (14-18 May), social housing provider Stonewater, which recently opened a new development of 14 affordable homes for rent and shared ownership off Highworth Road in Shrivenham, has announced ambitious plans to boost its housebuilding programme.

Stonewater marks start of New Homes Week by boosting affordable housing development

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14 May 2018

Marking the start of national New Homes Week (14-18 May), social housing provider Stonewater, which recently opened a new development of 35 affordable homes for rent and shared ownership at Hay Grove in Weston-super-Mare, has announced ambitious plans to boost its housebuilding programme.

Coldwaltham youngsters inspire chainsaw artist’s village sculpture


09 May 2018

Youngsters at St James’ Primary School in Coldwaltham, have been busy helping renowned West Sussex chainsaw carver Dave Lucas from the Woodland Centre, develop ideas for a public artwork at the new Shackleton Close affordable housing development, due for completion in August this year.

Affordable housing relief for Sherburn-in-Elmet

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01 May 2018

A stylish new village development of 30 affordable Stonewater homes which start at £53,200 for a 40 per cent share in a two-bedroom house, has opened in Sherburn-in-Elmet, near Selby. The houses, for low-cost rent and shared ownership, are part of Strata’s new 120-home Carousel Walk development.

Capsule captures Stonewater’s 2000th home in time

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23 Apr 2018

The planting of a time capsule by pupils from Evercreech Church of England Primary School near Shepton Mallet has marked the completion of a milestone 2000th new affordable home by ambitious social housing provider Stonewater since it was formed in 2015.

Green Paper highlights housing ‘affordability’ issue

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19 Apr 2018

The Labour Party is right to highlight the urgent need to build more truly affordable, good quality homes to tackle the chronic housing shortage which has left over a million people on council waiting lists and rising numbers of working people and families living in rent poverty.

Stonewater starts second phase of affordable homes in Lydney

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18 Apr 2018

The second phase of a new development of 18 affordable homes in Lydney started last week (13 April) where at £225,636*, average house prices in the area are eight times the average local salary.

Fourteen new Shrivenham homes to help tackle local affordable housing shortage

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13 Apr 2018

Fourteen affordable Stonewater homes off Highworth Road in Shrivenham, have recently been completed to help tackle the chronic shortage of affordable housing in the district which has seen average house prices increase by £22,100 in the past year.

New Stonewater homes help bridge affordability gap in Weston


09 Apr 2018

Hay Grove, a smart new £5 million Stonewater development of 35 affordable homes in Weston-super-Mare, has opened at a time when the cost of a typical home in North Somerset would require a 127 per cent pay-rise for local people on average incomes to afford.

£79,900 Longleigh grant to fund cash-strapped women’s refuge recovery programme in Southampton for next 12 months

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05 Apr 2018

A cash-strapped women’s refuge in Southampton has been awarded a one-year, £79,900 grant to fund a desperately-needed regional recovery and rehabilitation scheme to help vulnerable women with complex support needs regain and rebuild their lives.

IT’s a piece of cake for Peter Dyer Court residents in Mablethorpe

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04 Apr 2018

IT’s a piece of cake for senior citizens at Peter Dyer Court, a Stonewater retirement-living scheme for the over 50s in Mablethorpe which has just launched High Tea and IT – a monthly series of informal high-tech ‘socials’ to help older people in the community get to grips with the digital world and go online.

Stonewater completes major homes transfer in Southport

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28 Mar 2018

An official handover has marked the transfer of 147 social rented homes in Southport by social housing provider Stonewater to Places for People Homes, the property and neighbourhood management arm of placemaking group Places for People, based in Preston. The transfer also includes estate management responsibilities for 72 privately owned properties in the town.

New Stonewater scheme tackles shortage of affordable rental apartments in Taunton

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27 Mar 2018

Nine new low-cost rental apartments in Taunton are set to tackle the high cost of renting in the Borough where average rents swallow-up almost a third of local incomes, pushing many families into rent poverty.

New Stonewater homes make Burbage a more affordable place to live

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21 Mar 2018

Stonewater’s St Dunstan’s Place development meets a growing need for a range of affordable properties in Burbage and the Marlborough area where the high cost of housing is driving local people, particularly young families, out of the community.

40 new Stonewater homes set to ease affordable housing shortage in Nuneaton


21 Mar 2018

A much-needed Stonewater development of 40 new affordable homes in Nuneaton has started on site at a time when the average cost of a home is seven times the average annual salary in the area.

Construction starts on 72 new Stonewater homes to help ease Leicester’s affordable housing shortage


20 Mar 2018

Stonewater’s Hamilton Lane development comes at a time when Leicester has the fastest rising private rents in the country and annual house price increases are the third highest in the UK, ahead of Birmingham, Manchester, Nottingham, Liverpool and Leeds.

Tariq Kazi joins Stonewater Board

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14 Mar 2018

Tariq Kazi has been appointed to the Board of social housing provider Stonewater as Non-Executive Director and Finance Committee Chair.

Brighton conference brings experts together to address region’s chronic housing crisis

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09 Mar 2018

Leading social housing provider Stonewater has welcomed the Chartered Institute of Housing’s (CIH) Total Housing 2018 Conference in Brighton this week (7-8 March), which has brought together industry experts from across London and the South East to address the region’s chronic housing crisis.

Construction takes shape on 24 affordable homes in Charminster

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28 Feb 2018

A much-needed new development of 24 affordable Stonewater homes for local people is taking shape in Charminster, near Dorchester.

Swindon churches raise £8,700 to help vulnerable young people live independently


27 Feb 2018

Caring parishioners from three local churches in Swindon Old Town have raised an incredible £8,700 to fund a 12-week life skills programme to help vulnerable and homeless young people move successfully from their sheltered accommodation into living independently in a home of their own.