Press releases

Stonewater’s reaction to the Election result

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09 Jun 2017

It’s a result that creates uncertainty, however, both Labour and Conservative parties share an ambitious commitment to tackling the nation’s affordable housing crisis and we hope they will work together to keep housing at the top of the Government’s agenda. We look forward to working with the new Government at all levels to help shape the detail of housing policy so we can build the decent, affordable homes that are so badly needed.

Nicholas Harris, Chief Executive, Stonewater



Hook Norton shires meet new Stonewater neigh-bours

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01 Jun 2017

Shire horses from Hook Norton Brewery met some of their new neigh-bours in Hook Norton village near Chipping Norton, where leading social housing provider Stonewater has recently completed 20 much-needed affordable homes.

Party Manifestos – focus on housing welcomed

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18 May 2017

We’re pleased to see an all-party focus on mixed-tenure affordable housing and some ambitious housebuilding targets at a time when 1.2 million people in England are on a waiting list for social housing - and thousands more struggle to make the leap to their first independent home. However, the devil is in the detail and matching ambition with successful delivery will require investment in the right type of housing, in the right place, to meet local needs.

99 affordable homes to benefit local people in Selby

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10 May 2017

Leading social housing provider Stonewater has celebrated the start of construction on 99 new affordable homes in Thorpe Willoughby, near Selby. The much-needed properties are being built for local people struggling to find housing in the area.

Work starts on transformation of former Citizen’s Advice site into affordable apartments in Poole

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09 May 2017

Work is underway to transform the former site of the Citizen’s Advice office building and some unused scrubland in Lagland Street, Poole, into two smart new developments of affordable apartments.

Unused undercroft parking transformed into affordable apartments in Woolston

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05 May 2017

A ribbon-cutting ceremony has celebrated the transformation of a boarded-up ground floor parking area in a 1990s-apartment block in Woolston, Southampton, into much-needed affordable rental homes.

Construction starts on 60 new affordable homes in Fairford

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04 May 2017

Construction is under way on 60 new affordable rent and shared ownership homes off London Road on the edge of Fairford, near Lechlade.

Stonewater appoints Joanna Gooch to help drive housing services strategy

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02 May 2017

Leading social and affordable housing provider Stonewater has appointed Joanna Gooch from Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, as Assistant Director for Housing Strategy and Transformation. Joanna will provide strategic development of Stonewater’s retirement living and wider social housing services.
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Bedford women’s refuge appeals for household basics

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02 May 2017

Stonewater’s Asian Women’s Refuge in Bedford is appealing to the community for kitchenware, crockery, white goods, bedding and other basic household items which are urgently needed by residents moving from the shelter into independent living over the next few months.

South Hampshire women’s refuge appeals for household basics

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02 May 2017

South Hampshire Women’s Refuge in Southampton is appealing to the community for kitchenware, crockery, white goods, bedding and other basic household items which are urgently needed by residents moving from the shelter into independent living over the next few months.

Abingdon young people’s foyer appeals for household basics

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02 May 2017

Abingdon Foyer situated in The Square is appealing to the community for kitchenware, crockery, white goods, bedding and other basic household items which are urgently needed by residents moving from the foyer into independent living over the next few months.

Exeter young people’s foyer appeals for household basics

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02 May 2017

Exeter Foyer in Commercial Road is appealing to the community for kitchenware, crockery, white goods, bedding and other basic household items which are urgently needed by residents moving from the foyer into independent living over the next few months.

Poole young people’s foyer appeals for household basics

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02 May 2017

Quay Foyer in Hill Street, Poole is appealing to the community for kitchenware, crockery, white goods, bedding and other basic household items which are urgently needed by residents moving from the foyer into independent living over the next few months.

Swindon supported housing projects appeal for household basics

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02 May 2017

Four of Stonewater’s supported housing projects in Swindon are appealing to the community for kitchenware, crockery, white goods, bedding and other basic household items which are urgently needed by residents moving from the projects into independent living over the next few months.

Stonewater celebrates completion of 27 much-needed affordable homes in Pawlett

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01 May 2017

Leading social housing provider Stonewater has celebrated the completion of 27 village homes for affordable rent and shared ownership at its new cul-de-sac development Springfield Close in Pawlett, near Bridgwater in Somerset.

Former Pig & Whistle pub transformed into 17 affordable homes in Bridgwater

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27 Apr 2017

The former Pig & Whistle pub, off Parkway in Bridgwater, has been officially reopened this week as a stylish new development of 17 much-needed affordable rental homes for local people.

Longleigh Foundation awards £35k to fund vital recovery programme for Southampton women’s refuge

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11 Apr 2017

A Southampton women’s refuge has secured funding to pay for a vital recovery programme aimed at helping victims of domestic abuse regain their lives.

Stonewater retains highest HCA rating

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29 Mar 2017

Stonewater, one of the UK’s leading social housing providers, has retained its top G1/V1 governance and viability ranking from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).

Rugby MP Mark Pawsey visits shared ownership scheme in Bilton helping first time buyers

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24 Mar 2017

Rugby MP Mark Pawsey has visited Gardeners End in Bilton to talk to social housing provider Stonewater about how affordable shared ownership schemes can help struggling first-time buyers get a foot on the property ladder.

Ribbon-cutting celebrates opening of 23 new affordable Stonewater homes in Siddington

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22 Mar 2017

A ribbon-cutting ceremony has marked the official opening of 23 affordable new Stonewater homes near Siddington village. The new rental and shared ownership properties which have been financed by social housing provider Stonewater are part of a 55-home development by Bloor Homes, named The Gateway.

Construction starts on 30 affordable homes for Mendip locals in Evercreech

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13 Mar 2017

Construction has begun on a smart new rural development of 30 affordable homes for rent and shared ownership at Maesdown Road in Evercreech, near Shepton Mallet.

43 affordable homes in Amesbury to help tackle growing housing shortage

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10 Mar 2017

Leading social housing provider Stonewater and housebuilder Bloor Homes have completed the first homes at a much-needed new development of 43 affordable homes in Princess Way, Amesbury.

Ribbon-cutting in Welford-on-Avon celebrates completion of urgently-needed affordable homes

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09 Mar 2017

A ribbon-cutting ceremony has marked the completion of six stylish new Stonewater homes for affordable rent and shared home ownership in Welford-on-Avon.

Spare a thought for women’s refuges on International Women’s Day

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08 Mar 2017

Two women are killed every week in England and Wales by abusive partners. International Women’s Day this week (8 March) offers an opportunity to reflect on the hugely valuable services provided by women’s refuges and shelters in the community. But these safe havens are struggling to survive. Since 2010, 17% of all refuges in England have closed while domestic abuse-related crimes were reported up by 61% between 2013 and 2016.

Spring Budget – good news for housebuilding

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08 Mar 2017

We welcome the Chancellor’s multi-million pound education and training provision in this Budget to boost productivity.

Construction starts on 25 new affordable homes in North Mundham

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03 Mar 2017

A turf-cutting ceremony has marked the start of construction on Stoney Meadow, a brand-new Stonewater development of affordable homes in North Mundham, near Chichester.

Ten new affordable homes bring new life to disused industrial estate in Chard

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02 Mar 2017

A ribbon-cutting ceremony has celebrated the opening of Rosebank, a smart new development of Stonewater affordable homes built on a former disused industrial estate in Millfield, Chard.

Construction begins on 30 affordable homes in Deddington

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01 Mar 2017

Leading social housing provider Stonewater has celebrated the start of construction on 30 new energy-efficient affordable homes on Banbury Road in Deddington village, near Banbury. The new rental and shared ownership properties are part of a larger 85-home development, named Deddington Grange, by housebuilder David Wilson Homes.

Stonewater introduces Stonewater Homes for open market customers

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13 Feb 2017

Social housing provider Stonewater has introduced Stonewater Homes, a specialist service for its home ownership and market rent customers. Stonewater Homes will sell, manage and maintain Stonewater’s open market homes and estates and provide after sales services.

Government’s Housing White Paper is a step in the right direction

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08 Feb 2017

For years, the Government’s house-building programme has focused on home-ownership, ignoring one in three Britons who cannot afford to buy. Yesterday’s Housing White Paper is a step in the right direction and indicates a shift in Government housing strategy towards a more balanced approach to building new homes which meets the needs of people in all financial circumstances. It is good to see a focus now on creating more low-cost rental homes as well as proposals to speed up housing construction and free up public land and brownfield sites for more affordable housing across all tenures.

26 affordable Stonewater homes completed in Taunton as local house prices rise to nine times average salary

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06 Feb 2017

Henlade Close, a new Stonewater development of 26 urgently-needed affordable homes for local people in Henlade village, near Taunton, was officially opened today.

38 affordable rental homes opened in Stroud as local house prices exceed nine times average salary

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03 Feb 2017

A brand new £5 million development of 38 houses for affordable rent for local people was opened today by Stonewater, a leading social housing provider, in Bisley Old Road, Stroud.

Stonewater completes 46 affordable homes to help priced-out Dorset locals

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03 Feb 2017

A ribbon-cutting ceremony today has marked the completion of 46 affordable homes for local people in Pemberly, a new Stonewater development in Littlemoor, near Weymouth.

Stonewater appoints new development manager for affordable housing in Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Oxfordshire and Hertfordshire

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02 Feb 2017

Leading social housing provider Stonewater has appointed Rebecca Fleckney, from Tingrith, Bedfordshire, as Development Manager based at the firm’s Milton Keynes office.

Why housing’s new commercialism is good for ‘ethical careers’

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01 Feb 2017

By David Blower, Stonewater Executive Director of Corporate Services

Stonewater launches new Longleigh Foundation to help most vulnerable people hit by welfare cuts

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26 Jan 2017

Responding to the impact of Government Budget and welfare cuts affecting some of its most disadvantaged residents, leading social housing provider Stonewater has launched the Longleigh Foundation, a new independent national charity.

£10.6m funding boost for Stonewater affordable homebuilding programme

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06 Jan 2017

Leading social and affordable housing provider Stonewater’s homebuilding plans have received a £10.6 million funding boost from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).

Bedford refuge’s online ‘wish-list’ aims to bring festive cheer to homeless women and children this Christmas

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22 Dec 2016

Staff at Stonewater Asian Women’s Refuge in Bedford are appealing to members of the community to help bring a little festive cheer to homeless and vulnerable women and their children staying at the shelter this Christmas. The refuge has set up an Amazon wish-list of much-needed items which can be purchased online and sent directly to the shelter at the touch of a button.

Southampton refuge’s online ‘wish-list’ aims to bring festive cheer to homeless women and children this Christmas

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22 Dec 2016

Staff at South Hampshire Women’s Refuge in Southampton are appealing to members of the community to help bring a little festive cheer to homeless and vulnerable women and their children staying at the shelter this Christmas. The refuge has set up an Amazon wish-list of much-needed items which can be purchased online and sent directly to the shelter at the touch of a button.

Swindon projects’ online ‘wish-list’ aims to bring festive cheer to homeless people this Christmas

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22 Dec 2016

Staff at four of Stonewater’s supported housing projects in Swindon are appealing to members of the community to help bring a little festive cheer to homeless and vulnerable people this Christmas. The Swindon projects team has set up an Amazon wish-list of much-needed items which can be purchased online and sent directly at the touch of a button.

Quay Foyer’s online ‘wish-list’ aims to bring festive cheer to homeless youngsters this Christmas

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22 Dec 2016

Staff at Quay Foyer in Hill Street, Poole are appealing to members of the community to help bring a little festive cheer to homeless and vulnerable young people staying at the shelter this Christmas. The Foyer has set up an Amazon wish-list of much-needed items which can be purchased online and sent directly to the shelter at the touch of a button.

Exeter Foyer’s online ‘wish-list’ aims to bring festive cheer to homeless youngsters this Christmas

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22 Dec 2016

Staff at Exeter Foyer in Commercial Road are appealing to members of the community to help bring a little festive cheer to homeless and vulnerable young people staying at the shelter this Christmas. The Foyer has set up an Amazon wish-list of much-needed items which can be purchased online and sent directly to the shelter at the touch of a button.

Abingdon Foyer’s online ‘wish-list’ aims to bring festive cheer to homeless youngsters this Christmas

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22 Dec 2016

Staff at Abingdon Foyer in The Square are appealing to members of the community to help bring a little festive cheer to homeless and vulnerable young people staying at the shelter this Christmas. The Foyer has set up an Amazon wish-list of much-needed items which can be purchased online and sent directly to the shelter at the touch of a button.

32 new affordable homes bring Christmas cheer to Eastleigh house-hunters

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15 Dec 2016

Leading social housing provider Stonewater has brought some Christmas cheer to house-hunters in the Eastleigh area with the completion of 32 smart new affordable village homes off Winchester Road in Fair Oak.

Plymouth residents to benefit from housing stock transfer to local social landlord

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15 Dec 2016

Leading social housing provider Stonewater has completed the transfer of 92 social rent homes in Plymouth to the city’s largest social landlord Plymouth Community Homes (PCH). The sale includes estate management responsibilities for a further 100 privately owned properties in the area.

More new affordable homes for local people completed in Poundbury

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14 Dec 2016

Leading affordable housing provider Stonewater has completed four new three-bedroom family homes for affordable rent in Poundbury’s North East Quadrant, on the outskirts of Dorchester.

Stonewater retains A1 credit rating at ‘upper end’ of Moody’s HA scale

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02 Dec 2016

Stonewater, one of the UK’s leading social housing providers, has retained its A1 credit rating from independent credit ratings agency Moody’s.

Stonewater cautiously welcomes Chancellor's affordable housing plans in Autumn Statement

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23 Nov 2016

"Stonewater welcomes the Chancellor’s plans to double annual capital spending on housing and free-up land supply to tackle the nation’s affordable housing crisis. We’re also cautiously pleased to see a more ‘flexible’ housing programme that responds to local market needs and we look forward to more details on this. It’s good to see the Government putting affordable housing at the centre of this Autumn Statement.

78 families to benefit as new Stonewater homes help meet affordable housing shortage in Polegate

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23 Nov 2016

Local families struggling to find low-cost housing in Polegate are benefitting from the opening of 78 affordable Stonewater homes in Shepham Lane.

The Stonewater-funded scheme forms part of The Mill, a new Taylor Wimpey development which includes 182 properties for open market sale.