Work gets underway at old Kidderminster sports ground
Affordable housing provider Stonewater, has proudly began work on a site that has not been used for more than 20 years. The not-for-profit organisation will bring 45 much-needed affordable homes for local people on the Victoria Sports ground site, off Spennells Valley Road, in Kidderminster.
To commemorate the idle land finally being put to good use, Stonewater celebrated alongside Living Space, a Solihull-based contractor appointed to develop the new homes, at a start-on-site event on Wednesday (September 11).
With funding from Stonewater’s strategic partner Homes England, the high-quality homes will help meet the needs of local families and individuals in Kidderminster and will be available in a range of sizes. This includes one-bedroom maisonettes and three-bedroom houses.
27 of the brand-new homes will be available for affordable rent, with the remaining 18 homes available to buy through Stonewater’s shared ownership scheme as an affordable way to help those with an aspiration of buying their own home to take their first step onto the property ladder.
The new homes will be constructed using two complementary types of red brick and will be surrounded by public open space and a newly created ecological area.
Matthew Crucefix, Assistant Director of Development (West) said: “At Stonewater our colleagues work incredibly hard to find opportunities in areas that lack affordable housing, like Kidderminster, that will allow us to build as many brand-new homes as possible and so we are pleased to have secured this prime development site, which is ideally located on the outskirts of Kidderminster town centre.
“These homes will be offered across a mixture of tenures – including affordable rent and shared ownership – so that depending on the needs of the family or individual, there will be a suitable and affordable option for them, working towards our vision of giving everyone the chance to have a place they can call home.”
Steve Davies, Managing Director of Living Space Housing said: “For the design, planning and construction of this development, we have been incredibly mindful of the need to have a clear perimeter to respect the proximity of Kidderminster Golf Course. The Victoria Carpets Sports Ground represents the first deal that we have struck with Stonewater and it is the first of our developments where work is starting on site. This scheme has driven us to set up the extensive supply chain we have in place and we are very grateful for the support from our sub-contractors, consultants and the entire Stonewater team.”