The national housing provider Stonewater has had its development on the site of a former Coventry school praised by the mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street.
Stonewater is currently developing 39 homes on the site of the former Dartmouth School in Wyken, Coventry with the help of local contractor the Deeley Group.
Visiting the site, Street praised the scheme for championing a ‘brownfield-first’ approach to affordable housing, in keeping with regional strategy.
He said: “The two key components for building new homes in our region are for developments to be ‘brownfield-first’ and then also affordable to the people who live in those areas.
“The development in Coventry ticks both of those boxes and is an example of the great progress we are making regionally to meet the housing challenge. I congratulate Stonewater and the Deeley Group for bringing this project to fruition and look forward to seeing it at its completion and serving the local community.”
The brownfield site had lain disused for over five years before Stonewater bought it from Coventry City Council.
The 39 new homes now being built on the site will comprise of a mix of two-, three- and four-bedroom houses.
Once the scheme is completed the homes will help provide affordable housing for the local community, with 23 of the homes set to be available for affordable rent and 16 for shared ownership.
Matt Crucefix, director of development (south and west) at Stonewater, said: “There is a genuine need for more housing of this type in Coventry and it has been a pleasure working with the Deeley Group to bring this scheme to life.
“With every new development, we look for ways to invest in the local economy – by working with local contractors and suppliers – to ensure we add as much value to the community as possible.
“We’re delighted to hear Andy is pleased with the progress of this site so far and look forward to welcoming him to the completed scheme along with our new residents, later this year.”
Peter Deeley, managing director of the Deeley Group, added: “We are giving this redundant brownfield site a new life and helping to provide crucial new housing for people in the locality too.
“It was a pleasure to welcome Andy to Tiverton Road to discuss our plans for the site and how that will support his housing programme across the West Midlands.
“We are working closely with Stonewater to deliver the development and hope Andy will return to visit when the project is completed.”
Stonewater is one of the UK’s largest social housing providers, managing around 33,600 homes across England.