Construction starts on new affordable town houses in Stroud

Members of Stroud District Council and other guests joined social housing provider Stonewater for a turf-cutting ceremony to mark the start of construction this month on a £5 million, new mixed development of 38 affordable town house rental homes in Bisley Old Road, Stroud. Stonewater is one of the UK’s leading social housing providers, formed from the merger of Jephson and Raglan at the start of the year.

Stonewater, working in partnership with Stroud District Council and local contractor Markey Construction, is delivering the smart new homes which will be a mix of eight one-bedroom apartments, 19 two and 11 three-bedroom houses for social rent. All the properties will achieve a Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3 efficiency rating with low-energy heating systems to help keep residents’ fuel bills down.

“There is an urgent need for good quality, affordable housing in Stroud where local people – particularly younger groups - are being squeezed out of their communities because they cannot afford the high private rents in the area,” said Bob Strachan, Stonewater Chief Executive. “Stonewater is committed to working with the Council and our development partners to provide more well-designed affordable homes in the region meet local people’s needs and help create thriving, happy and sustainable communities for future generations.”

Councillor Chris Brine, Chair of Stroud District Council’s Community Services Committee, said: “We are very pleased to be working with Stonewater to provide much needed affordable homes for the district’s residents. This development complements our current house building plans and will link in with the redevelopment of sites around the top of town. The council is committed to supporting the provision of all types of housing and this is a vital step in achieving that aim. Aside from providing people with quality affordable homes, the construction process will stimulate economic activity via employment opportunities, which is a further local boost.”

The scheme is due for completion in spring 2016.