Local people to benefit from 15 affordable new homes in Chesterton

Local Chesterton residents joined members of leading affordable housing provider Stonewater, Chesterton Parish Council, Cherwell District Council and Hill Partnership for an official ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of 15 smart new affordable village homes at the Alchester Park housing development in Augustan Road near Bicester.

Stonewater worked with Chesterton Parish Council, Cherwell District Council and construction company Hill Partnership to deliver the £1.8 million scheme which will help ease the shortage of good quality, low-cost homes in the area.

The greenfield development provides a mix of five two-bedroom and two three-bedroom houses and four one-bedroom flats for affordable rent and one three-bedroom and three two-bedroom houses for shared ownership. The scheme also provided training for three young trades apprentices to gain practical experience in bricklaying, carpentry and groundwork during its construction.

Stonewater’s new affordable homes in Alchester Park have been built as part of a larger scheme to provide 44 new homes, a community centre, playing pitches and a new children’s play area for people living in Chesterton and the surrounding area.

“We are always looking for opportunities to provide truly affordable, good quality mixed tenure housing communities in villages like Chesterton, where a growing number of residents, particularly young people and families, are having to leave the area because they are being priced out of the market,” says Stonewater Chief Executive Bob Strachan. “Having worked closely with the Council on this and other purpose-built affordable housing schemes in the District, we are keen to help tackle the shortage of low-cost quality accommodation in the area by creating more small developments like this one, where they are needed most.”

Each home achieves a Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3 energy-efficiency rating and some include energy saving measures such as the installation of photovoltaic panels which will help reduce residents’ carbon footprint and lower the cost of fuel bills.

The Chesterton development is one of three new Stonewater mixed affordable housing schemes in the Cherwell District. Earlier this year the housing provider completed construction on a £2.8 million scheme of 24 affordable homes at Longford Park in Banbury and has recently handed over the first homes of a £2.7 million development of 20 affordable homes in Bourne Lane, Hook Norton.

Cllr John Donaldson, Cherwell District Council’s lead member for housing, says: “These new properties make a welcome addition to affordable housing in the District. It’s never easy to get onto the housing ladder so a scheme like this, which offers a chance to some of those on the Council’s housing register, is to be welcomed. I want to wish those who take up residence all the best in their new homes.”