Press releases

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.

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.