The South West housing association LiveWest has announced the start of construction work on a development of 60 affordable homes in Exeter.
The 37,000-home landlord has teamed with housebuilding specialist Lovell to work on the Ringswell Avenue project, which will feature a mix of two-, three- and four-bedroom properties.
35 of the homes at Ringswell Avenue will be made available for social rent while 25 will be made available for shared ownership.
The development will be the first to meet LiveWest’s new sustainable homes standards after it launched its new environmental strategy last month.
Adam Preece, LiveWest’s business manager, said: “We’re really happy to be working with Lovell on this exciting new development at Ringswell Avenue.
“We’ve worked hard with the City Council to meet our mutual goals of reducing carbon emissions whilst providing spacious, high-quality homes.
“Our new environmental standards are built on a foundation of future-proofing our homes. By insulating homes as much as possible in construction, we can avoid the need to return in years to come and add more.
“Similarly, installing solar panels from day one means that all of the necessary infrastructure is in place so that they can be upgraded in future as technology improves.
“Reducing electricity bills is a vital step in tackling fuel poverty and we look forward to the day when our rooftops can generate enough electricity to meet a family’s entire energy needs.”
The project at Ringswell Avenue, expected to run for 20 months, will see all 60 homes insulated to a higher than required standard and fitted with solar photovoltaic panels to generate their own electricity. Each home will have a SAP rating of at least 86.
The development will also include electric car charging ports and public cycling parking, with car spaces available for use.
The development has been supported by grant funding from Homes England through LiveWest’s strategic partnership with Sovereign Housing.
Andrew Johnson, regional managing director at Lovell Southern, said: “We are delighted to be working with LiveWest on this ground-breaking development in Exeter.
“Lovell has been at the forefront of building affordable homes all over the country for nearly 50 years and we strongly endorse LiveWest’s sustainability strategy at Ringswell Avenue.”
Preece added: “With the support of Homes England, we will be able to provide 100% affordable homes on a site with great transport connections to the City Centre, M5 and many of Exeter’s largest employers.
“A key part of making a sustainable city is giving people the opportunity to get out of their cars and find another way to get to work, and this site could hardly be better located to achieve that.
“Exeter is our home and we are delighted to continue to invest here. Combined with our two schemes in Exwick and joint venture at the former Pinhoe Quarry, this scheme will make a major contribution to ensuring there is a home for everyone in the city.”
LiveWest is one of the South West’s largest housing providers, owning and managing 37,000 homes across the region from Cornwall to Gloucestershire.
The housing provider plans to invest over £2 billion into the South West’s economy and provide 15,000 new homes in the region over the next decade.