LiveWest delivers 85 affordable homes for Ilminster

LiveWest Housing Association is celebrating the completion of 85 new affordable homes for the community in Ilminster.
LiveWest new homes at Ilminster

Leading South West housing association LiveWest joined construction company Halsall, South Somerset District Council, Ilminster Town Council and members of the community to celebrate the completion of 85 new affordable homes in Ilminster.

One of the roads has been named Whaites Drive in tribute to local Councillor and former Town Mayor Paul Whaites, who sadly passed away in 2013. Paul was well known for his dedication to Ilminster and was a member of Ilminster Lions Club.

Whaites had a vision to provide more affordable housing for younger people in the area and the event saw the unveiling of a communal bench in Councillor Whaites’ memory with the help of four generations of his family.

Glenys Whaites, Paul’s wife, said: “It was one of Paul’s visions as a councillor to ensure local young people were able to stay in the Ilminster community with the provision of new affordable homes for them. He always said that our young families should have the opportunity to remain living in Ilminster and not have to move away. It was really moving to see the homes being occupied by so many local people.

“To see his name, Councillor Paul Whaites, on the memorial bench is very emotional but also a proud moment for me and the family.”

The scheme, developed with award-winning construction company Halsall, is one of the biggest housing developments in the town for several years, with LiveWest investing nearly £14.5m into the 40 rented homes, 25 homes for shared ownership and 20 homes which are rent to buy.

Across Somerset over the next five years, LiveWest has plans to provide around 1,750 homes, investing around £315m into the county’s economy. Last year LiveWest delivered 59 new affordable homes in Somerset – 32 for social rent, nine for affordable rent and 18 for shared ownership.

Russell Baldwinson, executive director of development at LiveWest, said: “The homes here at Winterhay Lane provide a fantastic opportunity for local people to access great affordable homes and get a foot on the property ladder. There is a genuine choice of property – people can part rent, part buy their new home through the shared ownership scheme; for those that want to own a home in Ilminster but cannot afford it right now there is the option of rent to buy and there are affordable rented homes too.

“These affordable homes will help address the housing shortage in the area allowing more local people to find a good quality home close to their friends, family and workplace.”

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