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

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

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Located on Parsonage Lane, just off the B3139 which runs through the village, the new development will provide six one-, two- and three-bedroom houses for affordable rent, and four two- and three-bedroom family houses which will be available for purchase through shared ownership.

Stonewater is delivering the Parsonage Lane scheme in partnership with Mendip District Council and village-based family building firm Winsley White. Due for completion in September 2017, the small development will be adjacent to another Stonewater scheme of 10 village homes in Lewis Close, built in 2010. The scheme has been partially funded by a Homes and Communities Agency grant.

“We’re delighted be continuing our successful partnership with the council and our construction partners to build these important new affordable homes in the village,” says Phillippa Yeates, Development Manager for Stonewater. “High asking prices and rents in Chilcompton are forcing many local people to look further afield for homes within their budget. We hope that these new affordable homes on Parsonage Lane will help more Chilcompton locals find homes that are close to their family, friends and place of work at a price they can afford.”

This latest Stonewater scheme is the final phase of a four-part plan to provide much-needed affordable housing in Chilcompton for local people with a connection to the village. The Stonewater properties have been sensitively grouped in small clusters in keeping with the local vernacular of the area.

Nina Richards, Affordable Housing Officer at Mendip District Council, says: "We are particularly proud of this scheme in Chilcompton, because it is the second rural affordable housing scheme planned for the village. It follows the earlier development at Parsonage Lane and is testament to the strong partnership between Stonewater, Mendip District Council, the Parish Council and Winsley White Construction. Because of this unique partnership and support, we have been able to develop this scheme as part of our rural strategy to regenerate local sites, provide affordable homes for those who need them the most, and ensure that people can remain in their local community.

“The combination of delivering good quality, sensitively designed affordable homes for rent and shared ownership, will make a huge difference for those who live or work in the village and will help to create a lasting community.”

Over the past 25 years the housing provider and Winsley White have delivered 247 affordable homes in the area together. Most recently they have built 12 homes in Wookey, 13 homes in Barton St David and 12 homes in Meare.

Stonewater currently owns and manages 1,730 properties in Somerset, 39 of these in Chilcompton and 233 across the Mendip District.

Matt Winsley, Contracts Manager for Winsley White, says: “The 10 new homes in construction will be the fourth and final phase on this site. The phased development, in Chilcompton, totals 49 homes built in partnership with Stonewater (formerly Raglan) over the past 25 years. We hope that this final phase of development will be as successful as the previous three in providing quality affordable homes for local people.”