Building of 125 affordable homes gets underway

Leading housing provider Stonewater is delighted to announce that work on 125 brand-new affordable homes in Castle Cary, on the Wayside Farm site, now known as Mulberry Meadows, has begun.

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A mixture of one to four-bedroom homes, including bungalows, will be built at Mulberry Meadows by energy and regeneration specialist ENGIE, with the first phase of properties expected to complete as early as Spring 2020.

To help meet the needs of local families and individuals, the high-quality homes will be available in a range of sizes and tenures to include a high proportion of affordable rent and shared ownership homes to help those with an aspiration of buying their own home to take their first step onto the property ladder.

The development – which spans 18.7-acres with ample open space – is centred around a village green and local play area. Stonewater has committed to additional funding for landscaping, which will include an eco-trail, wildflower meadow and community orchard to benefit the residents.

In addition to this, the development will feature a number of homes that will be constructed from local stone, celebrating the county’s history and offering an attractive and eclectic design that will seamlessly blend in with the village’s wider surroundings.

Phillippa Yeates, Regional Development Manager at Stonewater, said: “As with all our projects we always look to utilise local labour and offer employment and training opportunities. At Stonewater we build communities, not just houses, while working towards our vision of giving everyone the opportunity to have a place that they can call home. We’ve brought several affordable developments to Somerset already and look forward to working with ENGIE to bring these high-quality and affordable homes to Castle Cary.”

Jo Calvert, Strategic Housing Specialist at South Somerset District Council, said: “The average asking price for a home in South Somerset is now £250,267 according to the NHF’s Home Truths South West, more than ten times the average local salary, while private sector rents are almost a third of local workers’ take home pay. Many people, particularly young families who support local services and businesses in the area, are being priced out of their community because housing is simply too expensive.

“We hope that these new affordable homes will go some way to tackling the housing shortage in the area and help more local people find a good quality home close to their friends, family and workplace, at a price they can truly afford.”

Jake Fellows, Major Projects Director for ENGIE’s Places & Communities division, said: “This is a fantastic location and one that will really benefit from much-needed new homes – particularly affordable properties. We have worked closely with the architects and Stonewater to offer a sensitive design which will not only attract new residents, but seamlessly blend in with the wider area. We’re excited to start work on this great new development and look forward to working more closely with Stonewater over the coming years.”

To find out more about Stonewater or the Mulberry Meadows development, call our sales team and speak to a representative on 0238 065 8858 and select option 1.