New affordable housing community to transform old Millbrook care home site

There was good news this month for Southampton residents struggling to find low-cost housing in the city as construction got under way on 28 affordable homes on the former site of the Whitehaven Lodge Care Home in Buttermere Close, Millbrook.

Leading affordable housing provider Stonewater is working with Southampton City Council and regional contractors F E Chase to deliver the £4 million brownfield regeneration scheme which will provide 23 homes for affordable rent and five three-bedroomed houses for shared ownership.

The rental properties will offer a mix of apartments providing four one-bedroom, 15 two-bedroom and one four-bedroom apartments as well as a three-bedroom and a two-bedroom apartment specially adapted for people living with disabilities.

The development, which is due for completion in March next year, is being financed by Stonewater with an additional £569,197 of funding support coming from the Homes and Communities Agency.

Buttermere Close is one of several Stonewater housing developments in the area. The organisation recently completed a new community of 31 affordable homes near Redbridge Primary School in Studland Road.

Stonewater is also creating 44 affordable homes for rent and shared ownership in the fruit and vegetable market area on Queensway, and converting Orchard House, a redundant office building in Southampton’s central Station Quarter, into 50 one- and two-bedroom affordable apartments.

“We’re delighted to be delivering this exciting new housing scheme which is going to transform the site of a demolished building into a vibrant and thriving new community of affordable homes,” said Richard Stevenson, Stonewater’s Executive Director for Development.

“There are currently around 15,000 families in the Southampton area on a waiting list for affordable housing. This new development is a small step towards helping meet this need locally. It also offers opportunities for first time buyers and people trying to get a foot onto the property ladder to afford to buy a house of their own through shared home ownership.”

Each property in the new development will be built to a Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 standard which measures the sustainability of new homes against categories such as CO2 emissions, materials and water. The energy-efficient homes will mean a lower carbon footprint and reduced fuel bills for residents.

Stonewater’s new affordable housing community in Buttermere Close adds to Southampton City Council’s multi-million pound regeneration of parts of Millbrook, Redbridge and Maybush.

Peter Chase, Contracts Director for FE Chase said: “FE Chase is excited to be working with Stonewater on this scheme which will provide much needed social housing in the Southampton area. We will be working hard to deliver the completed homes for spring 2016 and look forward to establishing an ongoing relationship with the client to help develop further projects in the future.”