Second phase of building starts at 100% affordable homes site in Southway
Westward Housing Group has started the second phase of building at the 100% affordable homes development around the former Pluss Centre site in Southway, Plymouth.
Local construction firm Ryearch will build 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.
From left: Plymouth City Councillor Steve Ricketts, Plymouth City Council Housing Delivery Officer Nicola Daniel, Mike Jory of Ryearch, MD of Ryearch Mark Wildman, Westward Development Manager Chris Duggan, Westward Assistant Director of Development Neil Edwards, Ben Randall of Randall Simmonds surveyors, Dick Curtis of Ryearch, Martin Haynes of Ayres Haynes Architects and David Gogola of Ryearch
The homes will consist of eight affordable rent available through Devon Home Choice for people with a local connection (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.
Westward resident Holly Steer, who moved with her partner and four children into Dennis Camp Road when it was built two years ago, said she was delighted with her home.
“I love the house and the garden and the area is lovely and close to amenities. The house is energy efficient with lots of space and the rents are affordable,” she commented.
These affordable homes follow the completion of 19 homes in 2015 which became Dennis Camp Road, named after a local councillor.
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.
Councillor Steve Ricketts, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Housing Delivery, said: “We’re really pleased to be working with Westward Housing to redevelop this brownfield site and provide much needed affordable housing for people in Plymouth.
“Schemes like this demonstrate the proactive approach we and our partners are taking to accelerate the delivery of housing in the city.
“The focus on low-cost shared ownership will help those are currently excluded from the housing market to finally own their own homes.”
Chris Duggan, Westward Development Manager, said: “We are delighted to be working with local construction firm Ryearch and architects Ayres Haynes. 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. We are delighted to have been able to provide these much needed sustainable homes in partnership with the Homes and Communities Agency and Plymouth City Council.”
The Plan for Homes is the city council’s commitment to build 5,000 homes by 2021 for local people including 750 affordable homes. There are currently around 9,000 people on the housing register in Plymouth.
Statistics from the National Housing Federation’s Home Truths 2016/2017 report on housing shows that private rents are on average £588 in Plymouth, which accounts for 38% of monthly salaries of an annual city average of £22,167 a year.
A worker on an average salary would need a £18,880 pay rise (85%) to £41,027 to get an 80% mortgage on an average property in the city worth £179,494, which is over eight times average salaries. All these facts add up to the need for more affordable homes being provided by housing associations.
The development is due to be completed in winter 2018.