New Stonewater homes help tackle affordable housing shortage in West Hanney

Representatives from the Vale of White Horse District Council joined leading UK housing provider Stonewater at a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of five new affordable homes at Elderberry Close in West Hanney, Oxfordshire.

The new homes, which form part of a larger development of 13 houses, include two two- bedroom and two three- bedroom properties available for affordable rent and one two- bedroom house available for shared ownership. The properties are built on a greenfield site formerly used for grazing animals and each has a sizable back garden, including a shed and patio area, with two allocated parking spaces.

Stonewater worked in partnership with contractor Bellway Homes Ltd’s Thames Valley Division and the Vale of White Horse District Council to deliver the affordable housing scheme which will provide much-needed homes for local people.

Lisa Sparshott, Development Officer for Stonewater’s South Division said: “The very high cost of housing in the area is making it virtually impossible for people on modest incomes, particularly young people and families with roots in the community, to find an affordable place to live which is close to their friends, family and workplace. These new homes in West Hanney will go some way towards helping people who support and run the local shops and services in the village to remain in the community where they are needed and valued.”

The new energy-efficient homes have been built to the Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3 and include energy-saving features such as a combi boiler which will help to reduce carbon emissions and keep residents energy bills down.

Councillor Roger Cox, Cabinet Member for Health, Environment and Housing at the Vale of White Horse District Council said: “I was delighted to be present at the opening ceremony and hand over of the new affordable homes. They are built to a high specification, with materials matching the new market housing, so they fit in perfectly. The development clearly illustrates a high level of cooperation between developer, Stonewater, and the District Council.”

Stonewater currently own and manage a total of 533 properties in the Oxfordshire area.