36 affordable homes unveiled

Social housing provider Stonewater has officially unveiled 36 affordable homes on Longmead End in Cheddar, Somerset. Offering a mix of one-bedroom apartments and two to three-bedroom houses, the development is helping meet the demand for housing in Somerset for both individuals and families.

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The 36 high-quality Stonewater homes have been brought to Cheddar by Bloor Homes as part of a larger development that is bringing 90 homes to the area.

All of the homes have been built for affordable rent and shared ownership, helping those who need an affordable home to rent or have the aspiration of buying their own home to take their first step onto the property ladder.

For this development, Stonewater also committed additional funding for landscaping and a play area for children in the community to enjoy. This is in addition to providing 14 herb garden planters, which included packets of mint, coriander and basil for residents to grow their own herbs.

Matthew Crucefix, Assistant Director of Development (West) at Stonewater, said: “Areas like Cheddar are highly sought-after but lack affordable housing. With the stunning Mendip Hills and the famous Cheddar Gorge just a stone’s throw away, we couldn’t be more pleased with Stonewater’s newest development in Somerset. These homes will allow more families and individuals to enjoy all that this wonderful part of Somerset has to offer, as either a first-time homeowner or as a tenant renting at an affordable price.”

Duncan Harvey, Service and Housing Development Manager (Housing, Communities and Wellbeing) at Sedgemoor District Council said: “Cheddar is a beautiful place to live, work and to raise a family. Unfortunately, the cost of housing is becoming a barrier to increasing numbers of local residents.

“Sedgemoor District Council is delighted to have seen so many new affordable homes built as part of this development. Local people, in housing need, with the strongest connection with the village have been given priority for the affordable homes. These new homes have allowed us to help local people find a suitable home, at a price they can afford, in a place where they live, work or have strong community links. I would like to express my thanks to Stonewater and Bloor Homes for bringing this attractive development forward.”

Councillor Peter Clayton, Chairman of Sedgemoor District Council, said: “I am pleased to welcome these 90 new homes to Cheddar and I’m even more pleased to be able to say that 36 of these homes are affordable homes meeting the needs of local people.”