Housing developments – plans and latest news

Housing Association magazine brings you a round-up of the latest housing developments in the pipeline, and shares construction news in the social and affordable housing sectors…


Welborne Planning Application – a new Garden Village in Hampshire

October 2019

Plans for a new garden village in Hampshire to build a community of up to 6,000 homes, new schools, facilities, shops and community facilities will be determined on 16 October.

Welborne will be determined by the Planning Committee of Fareham Borough Council and officers are recommending approval. It has been more than a decade since plans for the new community in Hampshire first emerged.   

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The aim of this briefing is to explain the approach being put forward by the applicant, Buckland Development Ltd, and highlight some of the key issues that will need to be considered by the Planning Committee.

The full planning application is online at fareham.gov.uk


The Welborne Plan was formally adopted in 2015.  It sets out in some detail the Council’s Vision which is, in brief, for Welborne Garden Village to be a discrete new community of up to 6,000 homes to the north of Fareham with thriving new district and local centres, new jobs, schools, facilities, shops and community facilities.  It also includes a number of policies for different areas of development such as affordable housing, open space and sustainability.

In January 2017 Welborne was confirmed as one of 14 new garden villages announced by the Ministry of Housing and Local Government in a new initiative designed to bring forward, and support, much needed housing.  This is significant as it shows there is support for Welborne at Government level and this will be key when seeking additional funding for infrastructure.

The Planning Application

The planning application has been submitted by Buckland Development Ltd who intend adopting the role of Master Developer for the entire site.  It is twofold. The first part is a detailed planning application for the improvements to J10 of the M27 to create an ‘all moves’ junction.  The second part seeks outline permission and sets out the principles of the development and when it will be provided.

Highlights of the proposal include:

• Major improvements to Junction 10 on the M27 and the local road network

• A new, sustainable community of up to 6,000 homes, with good public transport links to Fareham and the wider area

• More than 1,000,000 ft² (97,250m²) allocated for employment space shared evenly across office, light industrial and warehouse space creating around 5,735 new jobs

• Four distinct character areas across the development

• New community and health facilities

• A local pub and hotel

• One new secondary school, three new primary schools, nursery and pre-schools;

• New sports facilities, play areas and allotments

• 270 acres (108 hectares) of natural green space



The Planning Application is for up to 6,000 homes that cater for a whole community.  Homes will range from one-bedroom apartments through to five-bedroom family homes, catering for first-time buyers through to larger family homes for those moving up the property ladder.  There will also be an opportunity for people to build their own homes.

All homes will be set in well-designed, generously proportioned streets in four distinct character areas which will be informed by the natural landscape.  There will be a wide range of convenient walking and cycling routes, connecting homes to local facilities, the village and district centres, schools, shops, employment sites, parks and open spaces.

The Housing Mix

In addition to providing homes for market sale, the policy in the Welborne Plan stipulates thirty per cent ‘affordable’ housing.  Of this 30%, 70% should provide affordable or social rent homes and 30% intermediate options such as shared ownership.  The Plan also specifies a mix that includes both ‘Lifetime homes’ (homes that can be adapted to suit changing needs) and Passivhaus (eco-friendly) homes.  That said, the Welborne Plan also recognises the huge amount of infrastructure required to bring the site forward so a degree of flexibility was intentionally written into the policies to allow percentages to be tweaked to mitigate the risk of high-level early costs making the site unviable.


Around £308M in infrastructure will be required to deliver Welborne and these costs must be borne by the developer.  In the region of £100m will be needed in the early build stages.

To offset some of these costs, the developer is proposing 10% affordable housing and no Lifetime or Passivhaus homes until the milestone of 1,000 homes is reached.

A review would then be undertaken with subsequent reviews at intervals of 750 homes in order to deliver to the target of 30% affordable housing.

Photos: The illustrative CGIs used for this briefing have been provided by the master developer.


Work underway on the first of over 1,000 new NE homes

September 2019

In just six summer weeks, regeneration and housing specialist, Galliford Try Partnerships North, has started construction on four North East sites that will deliver 230 new homes and announced the partners it will work with to build 375 more.

Projects in Gateshead, Peterlee and Darlington – which will provide homes sale and affordable rent – are all underway, while a detailed planning application has been lodged for a 375 property, mixed tenure development in Middlesbrough, with Thirteen and Sigma Capital.

And the division is gearing up to launch a further four new ventures, which will add 481 more homes, taking the gross development value of recently secured work to just over £175 million.

Managing Director, Sean Egan, said:  “It has been a very productive few months in terms of securing new business and it is great to see that we are now getting to site to deliver.  This follows a year or so of change within the structure of the business – particularly in the development team – that is now beginning to pay dividends.

“It is particularly pleasing to see that we are forging relationships with new partners and extending operations into parts of the region where we have not been working for some time.  With a number of other new, significant opportunities emerging, I am confident that we will build on this platform and continue to drive annual turnover up over the next two years.”

The developments commenced include 52 family homes, which will be available for private sale and affordable rent, in Gateshead.  This marks the start of the second phase of the £350 million Gateshead Regeneration Project – an initiative being delivered in partnership with Home Group and the borough council.

Also in partnership with Home Group and in Gateshead is an 82 bedroomed community wellbeing scheme, which will provide homes at affordable rent for people over 55.  A high quality, responsive care and support service will enable them to live independently in a home environment, while the facilities, such as a restaurant, hairdresser, communal lounges and gardens are designed to foster community growth and cohesion.

The creation of 67 homes for affordable rent on a former school site off Robson Avenue in Peterlee, in partnership with believe housing has commenced, as has the development of 30 family homes for open market sale – through Galliford Try’s housebuilding division, Linden Homes - close to the historic, grade II listed Mowden Hall in Darlington.   

The Middlesbrough project is adjacent to the James Cook University Hospital in the Brackenhoe area of south Middlesbrough.  Here, Thirteen - which manages 34,000 properties from North Tyneside to York – would offer 100 properties for affordable rent whilst Sigma, which is new to the Teesside area and specialises in homes for private rent at market-level would offer 80 such properties through its Simple Life private rental brand. The remaining 195 homes would be sold by Linden Homes.

Pipeline projects are 360 homes on land to the west of Kirkleatham Lane in Redcar, in partnership with Homes England; construction of a 70 bedroomed extra care facility with Housing 21 in Peterlee; the development of up to 51 new homes on the site of the former Ayton Secondary School, in Washington – mainly for private sale but with some for affordable rent – and an 80 unit residential community wellbeing scheme.  This is also in partnership with Home Group and in Gateshead.   

 In total these developments are expected to have over 600 people working either on-site or providing office-based support.


Transformation of former supermarket site gets underway to deliver 176 new affordable homes

September 2019

The former Morrisons site in Hounslow is being transformed thanks to a £40m project that will provide 176 new affordable homes for Hounslow.

The 100% affordable homes scheme, which is located on Bath Road, was given the green light by Hounslow Council.

It is being developed by A2Dominion, a leading residential property group with a social purpose that has worked in the borough of Hounslow for more than 70 years.

Helping to meet housing demand in the borough, the scheme includes 83 homes for affordable rent and 93 properties for shared ownership, designed to help first-time buyers get onto the property ladder.

housing developments -  London Borough of Hounslow Councillor and Leader of the Council, Steve Curran; A2Dominion Development Director, Doreen Wright; Hounslow West Cllr, Bandna Chopra; A2Dominion CEO, Darryl Mercer; London Borough of Hounslow Assistant Director of Planning & Development, Sarah Scannell and A2Dominion Development Director, Danny Lynch at the Bath Road construction site.

A new 6,100 sq ft supermarket, play area and outdoor space for residents are other key features of the scheme.

Cllr Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council, said: “The redevelopment of this site will reinvigorate the area, bringing in high quality homes at prices local people can afford to rent or buy. 

“It also creates a new and more direct link between Beaversfield Park and Hounslow West underground station, opening up this fantastic green space and improving connectivity, both of which are key elements in our Local Plan.”

Darrell Mercer, A2Dominion Chief Executive, said: “We are proud of our strong relationship with Hounslow, having developed 2,600 homes in the borough.

“Bath Road is a 100% affordable scheme, set to provide 176 much-needed new homes, and is the latest example of our positive contribution to the area.

“With over 300 homes in the development pipeline in total, we look forward to continuing to invest in Hounslow.”

The development is being built by construction firm Higgins, with the planning scheme designed by Colwyn Foulkes & Partners and the delivery architect being Fourpoint Architects.

With construction work having started in August 2019, the scheme is due for completion in summer 2021. The shared ownership homes will be marketed through A2Dominion’s sales and marketing brand, Fabrica and the affordable rented homes will be allocated via Hounslow Council.

Photo L-R: London Borough of Hounslow Councillor and Leader of the Council, Steve Curran; A2Dominion Development Director, Doreen Wright; Hounslow West Cllr, Bandna Chopra; A2Dominion CEO, Darryl Mercer; London Borough of Hounslow Assistant Director of Planning & Development, Sarah Scannell and A2Dominion Development Director, Danny Lynch at the Bath Road construction site.



Warwickshire HA comes full circle to complete anniversary development

September 2019

Warwickshire Rural Housing Association (WRHA) has returned to Stretton on Fosse to complete the third and final phase of development during its anniversary year.

Thirty years ago in 1989, WRHA developed its very first scheme of 10 affordable homes at Harolds Orchard in Stretton on Fosse, specifically for local people.  In 2009, the housing association returned to build an additional four properties for phase 2 during its 20th anniversary year.

Now WRHA has come full circle to complete the third and final phase of five affordable homes for its 30th anniversary.

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These latest homes are providing a lifeline to local people.  A mix of two and three bedroom houses, plus one bungalow, have been completed and all the new residents have a local connection to the village.

Housing Needs surveys have shown an ongoing need for more affordable homes in Stretton on Fosse where people are being forced to move away from the village as they cannot afford to live there.

The third phase has been named Dyas Green in honour of Chairman, Derrick Dyas, who is retiring during WRHA’s 30th anniversary, having been one of the founding members back in 1989, before becoming Chairman in 2008.

Warwickshire Rural Housing Association Company Secretary, Richard Mugglestone, commented: “Returning to Stretton on Fosse where we first began back in 1989 makes our anniversary even more special and we are honoured to name phase 3 after our long-standing Chairman, Derrick Dyas.

“We have forged excellent partnerships with the rural communities of Warwickshire and are now looking ahead to ensure our affordable homes help to sustain our rural villages over the next 30 years and beyond.”

Photo: Company Secretary, Richard Mugglestone at the official opening at Stretton on Fosse with Chairman, Derrick Dyas.



York Central site begins to take shape as contract is awarded

September 2019

A road, access bridge and rail link essential to the development of York Central have moved a step closer with the announcement that City of York Council has selected John Sisk & Son as construction partner to deliver infrastructure to open up the site.

The contract, the first to be awarded, is for a detailed design review which will lead to a Reserved Matters planning application, due later this financial year.

The approved plans for the York Central site include proposals to build up to 2,500 homes, and a commercial quarter creating up to 6,500 jobs adding a £1.16 billion boost to the economy.

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John Sisk & Son will work with the council and partners to refine and finalise the design of the first phase of essential infrastructure for the access bridge, the spine road and the NRM rail link. This will inform a decision by Executive to proceed with a costed construction programme for York Central enabling infrastructure.

Cllr Keith Aspden, Leader of the council, said: "The delivery of York Central is a once in a lifetime opportunity to build much needed affordable homes and new public spaces, attract better paid jobs, and create sustainable transport links for the city.

"We look forward to working with the York Central Partnership to secure further improvements to the scheme and with Sisk to begin this essential first phase of work in preparing the York Central site for development.”

Ian Gray, Homes England on behalf of York Central Partnership, said: "This is a really exciting and important milestone towards the delivery of our ambitious plans at York Central. 

"A lot of hard work has been put in by York Central Partnership to get this far and this contract demonstrates our commitment to delivering the ambition and vision for the site."

Paul Brown, Managing Director, UK Civils at John Sisk & Son, said:

"We are delighted to have been selected by the City of York Council to work with the stakeholders on this exciting project and to progress the design of some of the key enabling infrastructure. This is a project of huge ambition which will transform underused land in the centre of York into vibrant and distinctive residential neighbourhoods, cultural spaces and a high-quality commercial quarter. We are really excited to be able to bring our broad range of experience and commitment to a collaborative approach to the project."

The budget necessary to commission this work was agreed by Executive in July 2019.

The York Central Partnership (YCP) members, Homes England, Network Rail, the National Railway Museum and City of York Council, have been working collaboratively for the past four years to develop proposals to unlock the potential of the brownfield site.

The partnership has secured planning approval, subject to the finalisation of the S106 agreement, for its outline planning application and assembled a potential £155m funding package for infrastructure works.

This includes £23.5m of a total of £37.2m from the West Yorkshire-plus Transport Fund and Leeds City Region Growth Deal, which will also fund the ambitious plans to transform the front of the railway station.

The West Yorkshire-plus Transport Fund has been part-funded through the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Growth Deal, a £1 billion package of Government funding to drive growth and job creation across the Leeds City Region. The aim is to create around 20,000 new jobs and add £2.4 billion a year to the economy by the mid-2030s.

City of York Council has also received a Local Growth Fund contribution of £3.1m, from York, North Yorkshire and East Riding LEP and has agreed to borrow £35m to be repaid using retained business rates from the York Central Enterprise Zone.

The council’s £77.1m bid for the government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund is at an advanced stage, with a decision expected in the autumn.

Image: Park Street



Springfield expands to Inverness with key land acquisition

September 2019

Springfield Properties (AIM: SPR), a leading housebuilder in Scotland offering private and affordable housing, is pleased to announce its first land acquisition in Inverness as the Group continues its geographic expansion into the Highlands.

With this purchase at Easterfield Farm in Inverness, along with other land recently secured in surrounding areas, Springfield is establishing a strong foothold in the Highlands, adding to its developments in major cities and towns across Scotland.

With this 14-acre development for approximately 90 homes, Easterfield Farm will become the first Springfield development in the city, marking a key milestone for Springfield as it continues to execute its growth strategy. Springfield expects to begin selling homes at Easterfield Farm later this year.

In total, Springfield is considering plans for approximately 3,000 new homes across a number of developments in, and around, Inverness and in Highland towns and villages, including Ardersier, Drumnadrochit, Dornoch and Beauly.

Springfield’s Chief Executive, Innes Smith, said: “We expect to start selling homes at Easterfield later this year. The development, which is near to Drummossie Hotel, the University of the Highlands and Islands, Inshes Retail Park and just 15 minutes from Inverness Airport, will include of mix of private and affordable high-quality homes.

“We have grown Springfield by focusing on customers and on geographic expansion across Scotland. This approach is successful for us. Springfield started as a small developer in Moray. We now have three great brands operating across Scotland, have listed on the AIM market and have 750 employees and hundreds of sub-contractors building around 1,000 homes this year. 

“In recent years, we’ve developed a stronger presence in Glasgow and Edinburgh, and we are already highly active in Dundee and Perth. Now we are in a position to include Inverness in our portfolio, which is the next step for our growth.”