Much-needed affordable rental homes transform former Yeovil depot
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.
The new £2.3 million development, which has been financed by leading social housing provider Stonewater with funding support from the Homes and Communities Agency, replaces a former car maintenance depot off Goldcroft Road.
Stonewater has been working with South Somerset District Council and regional contractors Acheson Construction to deliver the scheme, which provides a mix of 12 one- and two-bedroom flats together with seven two-, three- and five-bedroom houses, all for affordable rent.
The Newcroft Court homes have been designed with built-in energy efficiency measures to minimise running costs. The houses have fenced, private gardens where children can play safely, and the flats share an enclosed outdoor community space. All the properties have off-road parking. The development is within easy walking distance of St Gildas Catholic Primary School, the town centre, local shops, public transport and the country park.
“Rising private rents in Yeovil continue to make it very difficult for local people, particularly young families, to find good-quality housing close to their families, local employment and their support networks,” says Phillippa Yeates, Development Manager for Stonewater. “Newcroft Court is a great example of a successful partnership with South Somerset District Council and our construction partners, which is not only helping to tackle a housing shortage in the town, but contributing to its long-term sustainability by creating the type of homes local people want, where they want it, at a price they can afford.”
Ric Pallister, Leader of the District Council, adds: “Yet again Stonewater has gone ‘above and beyond’ in creating a high-quality development of much-needed affordable housing. All the properties have received the accolade of ‘I could live here’ from those who have visited and when I hear tenants use the phrase ‘life-changing’ you know the scheme is just right. The use of derelict land close to the town centre is an added bonus and everyone involved in delivering this scheme can be justly proud.”
Newcroft Court is one of several new Stonewater developments in Yeovil. Earlier this year, the housing provider started construction on 24 affordable rental apartments at Queensway Place in the town centre and 60 affordable homes for rent and shared ownership in West Hendford.