Rowans site nears completion


(l-r): Rebecca Millman, Aster Group Project Manager; Councillor Steve Ricketts, Cabinet member for Housing and Transport, and Kevin Baulf, Aster Group Sales Manager at the nearly completed site in Plymstock

(l-r): Rebecca Millman, Aster Group Project Manager; Councillor Steve Ricketts, Cabinet member for Housing and Transport, and Kevin Baulf, Aster Group Sales Manager at the nearly completed site in Plymstock

A new affordable housing development on the site of the former Downham Special School is nearing completion.

Named the Rowans and located off Horn Lane in Plymstock, the development features 28 new homes of which 14 are affordable.

Following Downham’s move to Estover in 2012, the school was subsequently demolished and the 0.54 ha site was released by the Council for housing as part of an on-going strategy to provide new, good quality and energy efficient homes for Plymouth.

The Council received a large number of offers for the site but in 2014, ethical housing developer and landlord Aster Group’s plan for the development was accepted.

Construction of the new development started in April 2016 with the first affordable homes completing next week.

Councillor Patrick Nicholson, Deputy Leader of Plymouth City Council and cabinet member for Strategic Housing, Transport and Planning, said: “This housing development has been finished to the very highest standard and I am looking forward to seeing people move into their brand new homes.

“This is yet another example of where we as a Council have turned an old and empty building into homes that are so needed for the people of Plymouth.”

A spokesman for Aster Group said: “Aster Group are extremely proud of this new development, providing quality homes for local people. This has been made possible with the support of Plymouth City Council and working closely with our constructors Classic Builders Ltd”

The development compromises of 14 homes for open-market sale, 12 shared ownership homes and two social rented flats specially designed for wheelchair users.