Living Space has commenced construction at an EPC A-rated affordable housing development featuring 60 homes. Located off Perryfields Road in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, the £10m development is being delivered for housing provider Stonewater.
Living Space recently received planning approval from Bromsgrove District Council for the 1.73 Ha (4.27 acre) project. Located just over a mile from the town centre, the new homes will help to alleviate the Council’s shortfall in its five-year housing land supply position. The mixed-tenure homes will be installed with air source heat pumps and solar PV roof panels and will be amongst the UK’s most eco-efficient affordable dwellings. The first homes will be available to move into during 2023.
Designed by the Birmingham office of architects Stephen George and Partners, the scheme features a mix of one-, two-, three-, and four-bedroom homes, to suit single households and families of varying sizes. The site forms part of an allocation for over 1,300 new homes. Situated in a highly sustainable location, well served by public transport and local amenities, Living Space’s scheme design responds to the plans for the adjacent land, with new footpaths proposed to connect the new communities.
“Only 2% of new homes are currently being built to EPC A standards, which indicates the highest energy efficiency and performance standards. Stonewater’s future residents will benefit from homes that self-generate a proportion of household electricity, which when combined with the air source heat pumps, will significantly minimise grid energy use. In addition, EV charging points will be installed as standard, enabling solar energy to be used to power cars too. These outstanding homes will be fit for the future while combining the kerb appeal of traditional architecture.”Paul Breen, Managing Director of Living Space
“We’re pleased to be working with Living Space again, to bring this important development to life and enhance the provision of varying types of affordable housing in Bromsgrove. There is a substantial unmet housing need within this area, with many people who work in the District commuting in.
“By installing air source heat pumps and solar PV panels, all future residents will be able to significantly reduce their carbon footprint. Across all our new developments we’re looking for ways to cut carbon emissions to support our sustainability commitments, but also to ensure we’re providing energy efficient, comfortable homes that are affordable for our customers.”Matt Crucefix, Director of Development (West and South) at Stonewater
The Perryfields Road development design is tenure-blind, with local materials utilised to replicate nearby traditional dwellings. The 60 two-storey homes will be constructed in red brick and rendered to complement the terraced, semi-detached, and detached homes within the vicinity. Parking will be provided for both future residents and visitors.
The partnership scheme will contribute to and enhance the architectural character of the area. The open spaces within the development layout plan include landscaping and ecological enhancements, while the infrastructure requirements of the BROM2 housing allocation are being met by the adjacent large scheme.