Plans to build more than 60 homes on the site of the old Southway campus are a step closer to reality.
Plymouth Community Homes (PCH) has signed a contract with building firm Galliford Try Partnerships to redevelop the site at the corner of Clittaford Road and Skerries Road, which will be marketed as Porsham Heights.
The land was formerly part of Southway Campus and was sold by Plymouth City Council to PCH as part of its Plan for Homes, which aims to accelerate housing delivery in the city.
PCH and the city council have worked together closely with funding from the Homes and Communities Agency to design a scheme to meet the needs of those seeking affordable rented housing and low cost home ownership in the city.
There will be 67 one, two, three and four-bed homes on the 1.8 hectare brownfield site.
The development will include 55 houses and 12 flats, with 42 homes for rent and 25 shared ownership. At least 13 homes will meet the Lifetime Homes Standard which means they can be easily adapted to meet residents’ changing needs as they get older.
The mobile phone mast that sat at the centre of the site has been relocated and PCH has built a number of additional parking spaces in the surrounding area to replace the garage block being demolished as part of the project.
With this work complete, Galliford has now begun work on the £8.2million scheme.
Elaine Pellow, PCH Chair of the Board, said: “This development will provide much-needed homes for people in Plymouth and makes good use of brownfield land.”
Nick Jackson, PCH’s Director of Business Services and Development, added: “This is particularly exciting for us as it’s our first development in the north of the city.
“We’ve liaised with members of the public on this project and it looks to be popular as we’ve already had a number of enquiries about the homes.
“We’ve worked closely with the city council to deliver affordable housing across the city and we’re grateful for their help in relocating the telecoms mast that was on site and providing us with extra land for off-site car parking.”
Galliford Try Partnerships South West Managing Director Andrew Johnston said: “We are delighted to be working with Plymouth Community Homes to build these much-needed new homes within the city.
“Helping to build sustainable communities is a key driver for our business and we look forward to working with PCH and all the stakeholders involved to produce a high-quality development for local people.”
Councillor Patrick Nicholson, Deputy Leader of Plymouth City Council and Cabinet Member for Strategic Housing, Transport and Planning, said: “I am delighted that work can now begin on the Southway site to provide new homes in the city. This demonstrates our ongoing commitment to provide more homes and make better use of our disused, brownfield sites.”
Councillor Steve Ricketts, Cabinet Member for Transport and Housing Delivery for Plymouth City Council, said: “This is a great example of partnership working between the Council, Plymouth Community Homes and the Government. We’ve worked closely with PCH on this development which will also contribute £90,000 of Section 106 funds to help increase local primary school provision.”
Part of the school campus has previously been developed with a primary school and GPs’ surgery.
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