Turf cut at site for affordable homes in Coleford
WORK has started on a £2.9 million project which will see 28 new affordable homes built in Coleford by the end of next year.
The scheme is being delivered by development company Aster Homes, alongside Mendip District Council, the Homes and Communities Agency, and construction partner Mansell Homes – a Balfour Beatty brand.
Bjorn Howard, chief executive of Aster Homes' parent company Aster Group, was joined by Tracy Aarons, Mendip District Council corporate manager for the built environment, and John Bunker, Balfour Beatty director of operations, at the site off Goodeaves Close, to cut the first piece of turf and officially get construction work on the project under way.
The new development will have four one-bedroom flats and 24 two, three and four-bedroom houses. Twenty-two of the homes will be for affordable rent and managed by Aster Homes' sister company Aster Communities.
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The remaining six properties will be for shared ownership. The scheme also benefits from funding from the Homes and Communities Agency, which has invested more than £420,000 in the project.
Work on the new homes is due to be completed in December 2014.
Fiona Astin, Aster Homes regional development director, said: "We've been working on proposals for this scheme for a number of years, so we're delighted that construction work is now beginning.
"Rural villages in Somerset, like Coleford, are in urgent need of high-quality new affordable homes. We have a strong track record of delivering developments like these all over south west England.
"We also have excellent relationships with all of the partners involved in the scheme and we're looking forward to working closely with them again as work progresses."
Councillor Nigel Woollcombe-Adams, Mendip's portfolio holder for built environment, said: "This is an excellent scheme which will see much-needed new, affordable homes built within the district. As a council, we are committed to supporting schemes like this, which play a important role in helping people to rent a home of their own or get a foot on the housing ladder."
John Bunker, director of operations for Balfour Beatty, said: "We are delighted to be working with Aster Homes on this long-awaited scheme. Having worked with Aster over recent years on a number of housing schemes, we are looking forward to bringing the same high-quality finish to Coleford."