Green light for first phase of new homes at Upper Lighthorne, Warwickshire with over £2m investment in local community
Countryside Partnerships, working together with Homes England, has finalised the purchase of land for a development of 259 new homes to be known as Windmill View at Upper Lighthorne, near Leamington Spa in Warwickshire, and has secured planning permission for the first phase of the project.
Of the 259 new homes being built in the first phase of the project, 130 will be affordable homes owned and managed by Citizen, one the UK’s most trusted housing providers, following a forward-sale agreement. 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.
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.
Adam Sharpe, Managing Director, South West Midlands, Countryside Partnerships said: “Having secured this site as part of a procurement process with Homes England in 2022, it’s exciting to have received planning for the first phase and to have Citizen on board for the affordable homes. Residents here will enjoy the opportunity to be part of a thriving new community, close to the history and amenities of Leamington Spa, with a wealth of green space on the doorstep and transport links via the M40 within easy reach.”
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.”