Old Seaton’s garage site provides 64 affordable new homes in West Hendford

A ribbon-cutting performed by Councillor Ric Pallister from South Somerset District Council marked the unveiling of Fosse Park Road, a new £5.8 million development of 64 affordable new Stonewater homes on the former site of Seaton’s Garage on Seaton Road, in West Hendford, Yeovil.

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Stonewater, a leading social housing provider in South Somerset, has funded the £5.8 million development of affordable rental and shared ownership homes to help tackle the shortage of good quality, low-cost housing in the area. Fosse Park Road has also received grant-funding from the Council’s housing development programme and Homes England (formerly the Homes and Communities Agency).

Stonewater worked in partnership with regional builders Halsall Construction and South Somerset District Council to deliver the new housing community which offers a mix of 40 one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom large family-size homes for affordable rent and 18 two- and three-bedroom homes for low-cost shared-ownership. The development will also feature six learning disability units which provide short-term secure placements for people with learning disabilities to receive treatment and support.

The sensitively designed energy-efficient properties, which will primarily be available to people in the District with local connections, are all within a 10-minute walk to Yeovil town centre and close to schools, shopping and bus and rail services.

“It’s a real pleasure to see this smart new development now brought to life,” says Matthew Crucefix, Assistant Director of Development (West) at Stonewater. “Schemes like Fosse Park Road are essential to helping people that are often priced-out of good quality homes by rising house costs, find high quality homes in an area that they want to live. We have enjoyed working again with South Somerset District Council and look forward to continuing our successful partnership and building more much-need affordable homes where they are most needed in the District.”

Stonewater has a long-standing working relationship with South Somerset District Council and currently own and manages 996 homes in the District. The social housing provider is also currently working on a 14-affordable-home development in the nearby Stoke-sub-Hamdon village, near Yeovil.

Councillor Ric Pallister, Leader of South Somerset District Council and Portfolio Holder for Housing, says: “This yet another Stonewater success story for the people of South Somerset which confirms their position as our leading provider of new affordable housing. They are building what our people need in the locations where they are most needed. I am even more pleased by the delivery of the learning disability units which are much-needed and having them integrated into the community is vitally important.

“I believe these units will provide the blueprint for meeting this specialist need in the future across the District. Stonewater is a pleasure to work with and this scheme represents real partnership working in meeting housing demand in South Somerset.”

About Affordable Housing in South Somerset

  • ‘Affordable rent’ is the rent regime applied to new homes where subsidy has been made available by the Government through Homes England. Rents are ‘up to 79%’ of the rate that would be charged for a property of the same size and quality if it were let on the private rented market.
  • There are currently just over 2,000 households registered for rehousing in South Somerset. During 2016/17, 59 new affordable homes were created across the district, 44 of these were by Stonewater in Yeovil.
  • Consistently around 20-25% of new affordable homes produced in South Somerset are in rural locations, i.e. in parishes with a population of 3,000 or less.
  • Anybody in need of affordable housing can register at www.homefindersomerset.co.uk. This is a common register used by all five local housing authorities in Somerset and over 40 Housing Associations and other such landlords, including Stonewater.