More than 55 affordable homes are being developed on site derelict for 13 years

A development of more than 55 affordable homes is nearing completion on a site which has been disused since 2002.

The Guinness Partnership acquired Stonehouse Arena in Harwell Street from Plymouth City Council in 2006.  Working in Partnership with the council Guinness is nearing completion of this £8m redevelopment, supported with grant funding from the Homes and Communities Agency.  The modern new homes are innovatively designed to take account of the steeply banked sides of the site and provide a combination of apartments and maisonettes for low cost sale and affordable rent.

Councillor Chris Penberthy, Cabinet Member for Cooperatives, Housing and Community Safety for Plymouth City Council, said: “It is fantastic to see the progress being made on the Stonehouse Arena site, which has been disused and neglected for 13 years and as a result of this, has been prone to vandalism and anti-social behaviour.

“The Council is very pleased to have been able to support this development and facilitate the regeneration of this site to provide much needed modern, energy efficient and affordable housing in the city.

“Stonehouse Arena is one of the city’s stalled sites that we have worked proactively and creatively to unlock to provide new affordable homes to rent and buy, as well as provide a boost to local construction jobs and training opportunities to support our Get Plymouth Building programme.

“Unlocking stalled sites such as this one is just one of the many ways we aim to help provide more than 1,000 new homes every year for the next five years, as part of the Council’s Plan for Homes.”

The scheme’s modern and energy efficient design will incorporate photovoltaic solar panels to generate electricity and high levels of thermal insulation to help reduce fuel consumption.

Charles Layiwola, Project Delivery Manager for The Guinness Partnership said:

“Stonehouse Arena has been a challenging site to bring back into use, particularly as a wholly affordable scheme. The final design needed to address problematic ground levels and conditions, whilst meeting significant energy efficiency requirements and high design aspirations.

We are grateful for the support of both the Homes and Communities Agency and Plymouth City Council, which were critical to unlocking the site’s full potential.

The homes, for both Affordable Rent and Shared Ownership, will be ready for occupation later this year.”