Press releases

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.

Stonewater encouraged by Government’s £18m ‘capacity fund’

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14 Nov 2016

“We are encouraged by Housing Minister Gavin Barwell’s announcement of an £18 million ‘capacity fund’ to help local authorities tackle planning issues that hold up urgently needed homes from being built on public land. There is a real opportunity here for councils and housing associations to work together to ensure that these developments provide the right mix of affordable homes to meet local needs. This includes homes for low-cost, shared ownership and other tenures. We also hope that splitting up these large chunks of land into smaller development sites will open up the market to smaller, regional developers and their suppliers, creating local jobs for local people.”

Nicholas Harris, Chief Executive Designate, Stonewater

Redundant undercroft car park to be transformed into affordable housing in Woolston

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07 Nov 2016

Leading social housing provider Stonewater has started work on an innovative refurbishment project which will transform boarded-up ground floor parking in a 1990s apartment block on Condor Close in Woolston, Southampton, into two smart new two-bedroom apartments for affordable rent.

Celebrations in Millbrook as Stonewater hands over 1,000th affordable home

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28 Oct 2016

Local residents, council members and guests joined social housing provider Stonewater in Buttermere Close, Millbrook last week to celebrate the handover of the organisation’s 1,000th new home since its formation 20 months ago. Stonewater currently owns and manages 30,000 homes across the UK.

15 new affordable houses completed in Horley

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25 Oct 2016

A stylish new development of 15 affordable homes at Fairfield Green in Horley was officially opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony last week (20 October), hosted by Stonewater, a leading social and affordable housing provider.

Derelict site of former petrol station transformed into much-needed affordable apartments

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24 Oct 2016

A ribbon-cutting event this week celebrated the completion of a new development of 25 energy-efficient, affordable rental apartments at Goldcrest Court in Cowplain, Waterlooville.

Local housing partnership set to deliver 10 much-needed affordable homes in Chilcompton

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14 Oct 2016

Affordable housing provider Stonewater has started work on a small rural housing development of 10 affordable homes in Chilcompton village.

Ribbon-cutting celebrates 10 smart new affordable homes in Seacroft

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13 Oct 2016

Representatives of affordable housing provider Stonewater met with Leeds City Council to celebrate the completion of 10 one-bedroom houses for affordable rent at Parkside, South Parkway in Seacroft, Leeds.

New Stonewater homes help address shortage of affordable rental housing in Burley-in-Wharfedale

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12 Oct 2016

A smart new housing development of nine village homes in Burley-in-Wharfedale is set to address an acute shortage of affordable rental accommodation for local families.

40 new affordable homes to be constructed in Sileby

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27 Sep 2016

Leading social and affordable housing provider Stonewater met with representatives from Bellway Homes in Sileby near Loughborough, to celebrate the start of construction on 40 new affordable homes on Seagrave Road. The new homes are being built to meet a shortage of affordable housing for local people in the village.

Ribbon-cutting celebration as new landlords take stock in Manchester

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21 Sep 2016

The stock transfer completion of Hamilton Lodge, a development of 24 social housing flats in Rusholme, Manchester, was celebrated this week with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by representatives from social housing provider Stonewater, place-making organisation One Manchester and local residents.

Stonewater welcomes Government decision to defer LHA supported housing rate

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16 Sep 2016

“The decision to defer the application of the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rate on supported housing to 2019/20 is welcome, as is the change to under 35s and the commitment to ring-fence additional funding...

Stonewater bids for share of HCA Affordable Homes programme funding

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14 Sep 2016

Leading social and affordable housing provider Stonewater is hoping to secure funding from the next round of grant funding being allocated by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) under its Shared Ownership Affordable Homes 2016-2021 programme. The HCA is making £4.7 billion of capital grant available to housing associations and private builders and developers to help deliver a minimum of 153,000 affordable homes in England over the next five years.

Much-needed affordable rental homes transform former Yeovil depot

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13 Sep 2016

A completion event in Yeovil has marked the official opening of Newcroft Court, a smart new community of 19 affordable rented Stonewater homes for local people.

Ribbon-cutting marks completion of 48 sought-after affordable homes in Swindon

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25 Aug 2016

Leading social housing provider Stonewater joined representatives from Swindon Borough Council and housebuilders Mi-space at a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of 48 new affordable homes for rent and shared ownership at St Quentin Close in Stratton-St-Margaret, Swindon. The properties, which are close to the Honda plant in Highworth Road, are being given priority to local people in need of affordable housing in the area.

Glossop cadets team up to host community day at Glossop’s Cornmill House

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24 Aug 2016

Current and prospective residents from sheltered housing provider Stonewater’s Cornmill House in Glossop, have picked up advice on everything from personal safety to keeping fit thanks to local cadets.

Work begins on six new affordable homes in Bearwood

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10 Aug 2016

Representatives from affordable housing provider Stonewater and Borough of Poole met at a ground-breaking event this week to celebrate the start of construction on six new affordable homes at Anjou Close in Bearwood, near Poole.

Much-needed affordable housing community opens in Stanford

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09 Aug 2016

A smart new community of 28 much-needed affordable Stonewater homes has been opened this week in Stanford in the Vale, Oxfordshire.

Eight much-needed affordable rental homes open in Uckfield

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19 Jul 2016

Two small developments of affordable rental homes have been opened in Uckfield this week by leading social housing provider Stonewater.

Crawley STEMfest event helps bring construction careers to life

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18 Jul 2016

Construction students from Central Sussex College were given a close-up look at construction careers during a VIP tour of Stonewater’s Imperial Mews affordable housing development in Brighton Road, Crawley.

Top award win for energy-saving project

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15 Jul 2016

Leading social housing provider Stonewater, in partnership with Correct Contract Services (CCS), has been awarded a South West Energy Efficiency & Retrofit Award for the successful energy-saving Solar Thermal project on Dodgson Close in Fordingbridge. The award-winning project has provided eight Stonewater residents in an off-gas area of Dorset with more efficient hot water systems.

New affordable rental homes open in Mayfield

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07 Jul 2016

Leading social housing provider Stonewater, joined Wealden District Council and contractors Trinity Homes to celebrate the opening of a development of five new affordable rental homes for local people living in the Mayfield area. The event was marked with a ribbon-cutting ceremony performed by new residents Becci Stallman and Shaun Gill.

Stonewater secures £50m Lloyds deal to support affordable housing development plans

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04 Jul 2016

Leading social and affordable housing provider Stonewater has agreed a new £50 million bank loan facility with Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking to support its housing development programme.

Investment in UK’s housing stock vital to maintaining strong post EU economy, says Stonewater housing chief

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24 Jun 2016

The referendum result is an instruction for a change in direction of the UK’s relationship with Europe.

Smart new office refurbishment brings Bristol housing teams under one roof in Bradley Stoke

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23 Jun 2016

A ribbon-cutting ceremony and commemorative plaque have marked the opening of leading social housing provider Stonewater’s newly modernised and refurbished regional office in Bradley Stoke, Bristol.

Building begins on 150 much-needed affordable homes in Banbury

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14 Jun 2016

Construction is underway on 153 new affordable homes in Hanwell View, Banbury. The new homes for affordable shared ownership and rent will be built in phases over four years with the first phase due for completion in October this year.

Ribbon-cutting marks completion of 13 new affordable homes in Blandford

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06 Jun 2016

Leading affordable housing provider Stonewater joined representatives from North Dorset District Council, Blandford Forum Town Council, residents and local contractors Parsons & Joyce, for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of 13 new affordable Stonewater homes at The Beeches in Blandford.

Construction begins on Raglan Close in Aldershot

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26 May 2016

Construction has begun on eight new flats for affordable rent at Raglan Close in Aldershot.

Work starts on 91 new affordable homes for local people in Chipping Norton

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25 May 2016

Construction has begun on an exciting new development of 91 affordable homes on Burford Road, Chipping Norton.

‘Ribbon-cutting’ event celebrates six new affordable homes for Leominster residents

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19 May 2016

Excitement was high as a new Stonewater development of six affordable rental homes in Hopyard Close, Leominster was celebrated with a ‘ribbon-cutting’ event this week.

Construction starts on 60+ affordable Stonewater homes on former garage site in Yeovil

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16 May 2016

Construction is underway on a smart new £5.8 million three-phase development of over 60 affordable homes in West Hendford, Yeovil.

Stonewater launches ‘virtual community’ hubb for customers

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13 May 2016

Leading social housing provider Stonewater has launched a digital communications hub enabling its 30,000 customers across the country to access information online and take part in public forums, customer surveys, feedback sessions, and even prize draws.

Stonewater football champions help raise £3,675 for Bristol children’s charity

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29 Apr 2016

A five-a-side team from affordable housing provider Stonewater which has local offices in Bristol, has returned victorious from an annual football tournament which raised £3,675 for ASK St Nicholas, a specialist after-school club for children with learning difficulties.

Construction starts on 41 affordable homes in Waterlooville

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26 Apr 2016

Stonewater, one of the region’s leading affordable housing providers, has celebrated the start of construction on a new £4.8 million affordable housing community of 41 homes in Waterlooville this week.

New affordable rental apartments open in Chard’s former Working Men’s Club

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22 Apr 2016

Five smart new affordable Stonewater rental apartments for local people have been officially opened in the old landmark Working Men’s Club in Chard town centre this week. Members of the community, South Somerset District Council and other guests, joined the leading affordable housing provider to mark the event with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Blandford home celebrates 100th shared ownership sale for Stonewater

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29 Mar 2016

Sales of affordable housing provider Stonewater’s shared ownership homes reached a significant milestone this week when Johnathan Walbridge, 20, took possession of his smart new two-bedroom terraced home in The Beeches development in Fairfield, marking it the 100th home sold by Stonewater’s during the year.

New affordable rental homes get under way in Yeovil town centre

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18 Mar 2016

Construction has started on Queensway Place, a brand new development of 24 Stonewater apartments for affordable rent in Yeovil town centre for local people.

Stonewater Budget reaction: homeless problem can only get worse

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17 Mar 2016

Leading social and affordable housing provider Stonewater has welcomed the Chancellor’s pledge in the Budget to help the homeless but says more is still needed:

Local women’s refuge receives two top ratings for service excellence

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18 Dec 2015

The Santosh Asian Women’s Refuge (SAWR) in Bedford which provides secure temporary accommodation for women and their children fleeing domestic violence and ‘honour’ related abuse, has been recognised for excellent customer service in two independent quality reviews.