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

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

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The homes are being developed by leading social housing provider Stonewater which is currently also building 24 affordable rental apartments at Queensway Place in Yeovil town centre.

Stonewater is working with Halsall Construction and South Somerset District Council to deliver the new homes on the former site of Seaton’s Garage in Seaton Road. When completed, the development will provide a mix of 42, one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom homes for affordable rent and nine two- and three-bedroom homes for shared-ownership. The new houses will also have their own private gardens.

Stonewater is financing the development with additional £748,000 funding support from the Council’s housing development programme and also funding from the Homes and Communities Agency.

The properties, which will primarily be available to those with local connections, are all within a 10-minute walking distance of Yeovil town centre and close to schools, shopping and bus and rail services.

“With rising house prices forcing residents, particularly young people and key workers, out of the area, these high quality homes will provide a choice of housing tenures which meet local needs at a price people can afford,” says Joanna Barnard, Development Officer for Stonewater. “We’re delighted to be starting construction and look forward to working to seeing the development take shape.”

Stonewater currently owns and manages around 900 properties in South Somerset with approximately 100 under development and has just completed a 19 unit scheme at Goldcroft in Yeovil.

“Yet again Stonewater has stepped up to the mark in bringing forward much needed affordable housing in a key location,” says Ric Pallister, leader of South Somerset District Council. “Close to the town centre and within walking or cycling distance of many of our major employers this is a crucial development at a time when need is rising and the delivery of affordable housing numbers is falling. I am delighted that we have had the opportunity to work with Stonewater who have always demonstrated high quality in both the design and build of new homes in South Somerset and I look forward to the first occupation.”