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Johnny Mercer MP visits second phase of building at Westward’s 100% affordable homes site in Southway

Johnny Mercer MP visits second phase of building at Westward’s 100% affordable homes site in Southway

Johnny Mercer MP visits second phase of building at Westward’s 100% affordable homes site in Southway

Johnny Mercer MP has visited the second phase of building at the 100% affordable homes development on the former Pluss Centre site in Southway, Plymouth.

Local construction firm Ryearch are building 21 homes to bring the total number to 40 with the new properties being built adjacent to the current homes on land behind the former Pluss Centre site.

The homes will consist of eight affordable rent available through Devon Home Choice (3x2 bed flats and 5x3 bed homes) and 13 Shared Ownership properties (8x2 bed homes and 5x3 bed homes) available through Help to Buy South West.

Johnny Mercer MP, said, “I am really impressed by the quality of these homes, it is what is desperately needed in Plymouth – high quality yet affordable homes. It is really encouraging to see the shared home ownership being rolled out through the government’s help to buy scheme. The end result is that more Plymouth families can afford their own homes.”

Barbara Shaw, chief executive of Westward, said, “We’re really pleased to redevelop this brownfield site and provide much needed affordable housing for people in Plymouth.

“We are delighted to have been able to provide these much needed sustainable and low cost homes in partnership with the Homes and Communities Agency and Plymouth City Council. The shared ownership properties will help those are currently excluded from the housing market to finally own their own homes.”

These affordable homes continue on from the 19 homes in Dennis Camp Road (named after a former local councillor) which Westward built in 2015. With the average property in the city now worth £184, 665 according to the National Housing Federation annual Home Truths report this demonstrates how vital these low cost housing association properties are for the city. The development is due to be completed in winter 2018.

The new homes are funded through the Government’s Homes and Communities Agency and built in partnership with Plymouth City Council.

The former PLUSS Centre in Clittaford Road, Southway, was knocked down as part of Plymouth City Council’s Plan for Homes to redevelop a number of sites including brownfield and former industrial land.

Jill Gregg, Westward Executive Director of Development, said: “We are delighted to work with local construction firm Ryearch. The homes will offer a high level of energy efficiency and insulation and be constructed to a level well in excess of current building regulations. This will help our customers to keep their fuel bills down.”

Southway site photo