A development of 259 homes has been approved, paving the way for more than £2m of investment in the local community. Countryside Partnerships, working together with Homes England, has finalised the purchase of land for the development of new homes to be known as Windmill View at Upper Lighthorne, near Leamington Spa.

Planning permission has been secured for the first phase of the project. Of the 259 new homes being built in the first phase, 130 will be affordable homes owned and managed by housing provider Citizen, following a forward-sale agreement.

A total of 129 will be sold on the open market under the Linden Homes brand. The start of work triggers an investment of over £2million in healthcare, education, roads and other local services for both current and new members of the community.

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A further 280 homes are expected to be delivered as part of a second phase on the site, and in total the wider development will eventually provide around 1,000 homes. Work to deliver the first phase is expected to start on-site later this year.

Stephen Teagle, Chief Executive of Countryside Partnerships, said: “As the UK’s largest provider of multi-tenure, affordable homes, we always want to work with partners like Homes England and Citizen to deliver new developments like Windmill View. There’s a crippling shortage of affordable homes across the UK and we’re scaling up our ambitions to tackle that shortage and to provide homes where they are needed most.”

Nick Byrne, Executive Director of Development at Citizen, commented: “We are proud to be involved with this exciting new scheme, delivering much-needed new affordable homes for the local community. Having worked with Countryside on a number of other projects, we’re pleased to be partnering with them once again on another high-quality development. We’re looking forward to seeing this development progress once work starts.”

Ragu Sittambalam, Senior Planning & Enabling Manager at Homes England, said: “This is an important milestone for Countryside’s Windmill View development and is the next step towards the creation of 259 new homes, many of which will be affordable, in an area of unaffordability. We have worked with Countryside to ensure critical infrastructure can be built to support the development and wider area, and our investment will help to accelerate the delivery of new homes. We’re looking forward to seeing the new community taking shape over the coming years.”

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