MP for Nottingham North visits new homes developments in Bestwood, Nottingham

MP visit

Countryside Partnerships welcomed Alex Norris, MP for Nottingham North and Shadow Minister for Levelling Up, Housing, Communities and Local Government, to its two neighbouring developments in Bestwood, near Nottingham.

The 25-acre Padstow site will provide a total of 291 new homes, comprising 75 affordable homes, 64 for private rent through Start Living, the single-family build-to-rent joint venture between Gatehouse Bank and TPG Real Estate Partners (TPGREP), and 152 homes to be sold on the open market. Ridgeway will provide a total of 71 new homes made up of 33 affordable homes and 38 homes for private rent set on a 4.2-acre site. Residents at both schemes and the local community will benefit from landscaping, public open spaces and road improvements while a £1,911,255 contribution has been made for local educational improvements and an £85,764 contribution for other local improvements. Additionally, the schemes are creating a considerable number of local training and employment opportunities.

Accompanying Alex Norris MP on the tour of the new developments were members of Nottingham City Council, including David Bailey, Housing and Regeneration Officer; from Countryside Partnerships, Martin Harrison, Managing Director East Midlands and Kelly Toms, Marketing Director East Midlands; and from Gatehouse Bank, Paul Stockwell, Chief Commercial Officer.

Alex Norris, MP for Nottingham North and Shadow Minister for Levelling Up, Housing, Communities and Local Government, said: “Mixed communities are better communities, so it’s fantastic to see the progress Countryside and its partners are making on these sites, which will offer homes to meet a broad range of needs in the local community. Providing great places to live means young people and growing families are encouraged to put down roots here, set up businesses and contribute to a thriving local economy. The fact that these homes are being developed more quickly and more sustainably through modern methods of construction is the icing on the cake.”

Martin Harrison, Managing Director, East Midlands, Countryside Partnerships said: “Strong partnerships such as this enable us to deliver a mixed-tenure offer that matches the needs of the local community, both regenerating areas and creating communities that people can be proud of.

“It was with great pride that I showed Alex Norris MP around our site in Bestwood with our partners from Start Living and Nottingham City Council. It is developments such as this that deliver the range of houses that people need, in the places that need them most.”

Mark Lowe, Nottingham City Council, Head of Housing and Regeneration, said: “This is a significant partnership project delivering much needed new homes for Nottingham people. Mixed tenure development is important as it will provide new homes for people to buy and rent in the market as well as new Council housing for local people on the housing waiting list, so is catering for a range of different needs and for different sections of the population.”

Paul Stockwell, Chief Commercial Officer, Gatehouse Bank, said: “Build-to-rent is a crucial part of any community’s housing mix, providing families with modern, energy-efficient homes supported by a professional management team. Gatehouse Bank has been operating in the single-family sector for a decade, and alongside TPG Real Estate Partners we are building Start Living into the market-leading platform. As such, it is hugely pleasing to show Alex Norris MP the advantages of such homes, and highlight the fantastic work being done by Countryside Partnerships, our housebuilder partner for the wider Padstow and Ridgeway schemes.”