Stalled development sites ready for construction


(l-r) Pauline Rees, G2 Director of Marketing; G2 Alun Rees, G2 Chairman; Councillor Chris Penberthy and Daniel Thorning, Housing Delivery Officer at the site on Prince Maurice Road.

(l-r) Pauline Rees, G2 Director of Marketing; Alun Rees, G2 Chairman; Councillor Chris Penberthy and Daniel Thorning, Housing Delivery Officer at the site on Prince Maurice Road.

Building is set to begin on two stalled development sites in Plymouth.

Land at the northern end of Prince Maurice Road in Lipson and the site of the former Whitleigh Community Centre will now provide the city with a total of 126 new homes.

Development at both sites had stalled before the Council stepped in to secure G2 Housing Group to build on the sites.

Councillor Chris Penberthy, Cabinet member for Housing and Cooperative Development, said: “It is very pleasing to finally see progress on these two challenging development sites.

“A key part of the Plan for Homes is stepping in to ensure that we provide housing for all people, of different needs and in all areas of the city.

“It’s great to have G2 on board and I look forward to seeing work start in both locations.”

Gary Stirling, Chief Executive Officer or G2 Housing Group, said: “We are delighted to be able to secure these sites and develop for the people of Plymouth 126 homes of which 71 will be Starter Homes.

The team survey the plans for the Whitleigh site

The team survey the plans for the Whitleigh site

“The plan will see the release of 50 of these Starter Homes over both sites by this time next year.”

The land at Prince Maurice Road has been abandoned for over 10 years following a number of failed housing schemes.

Since then a number of developers have tried to develop the site but have failed to make it financially viable due to high costs linked to the steep topography of the site.

The Council acquired the site in 2016 and took the site to the market. G2 Housing Group made an offer which was accepted in April 2017, with planning permission for 99 homes secured in September 2018.

The transfer of the land to G2 was completed earlier this month and work is expected to begin this summer.

To enable these much needed homes to be built, upgrades will be made to the traffic light system at the nearby Lipson Road, Alexandra Road and Ashford Hill junction.

Meanwhile, the Whitleigh Community Centre closed in 2008 and before the Council demolished it in 2016, attracted drug users and anti-social behaviour. After the buildings were removed, the Council prepared the site for construction.

G2 have now acquired the site and will build 27 new starter homes, sold with a minimum 20% discount off the market value, for first time buyers under the age of 40.

Work here will begin later this year.