Planning permission granted for Living Space Housing’s third affordable housing scheme in Telford
Solihull-based Living Space Housing has received a Resolution to Grant for a scheme of 38 new homes off Park Road, which is within Telford & Wrekin Council’s Malinslee ward. All of the properties have been designated for affordable rent to help meet the Local Authority’s housing needs.
The 0.86 hectare (2.1-acre) development site has a gross development value in excess of £6million. Living Space Housing assembled the land, secured the planning permission and will construct the scheme. The company is in the final stages of negotiations with a large Midlands-based housing organisation who it will deliver the new homes on behalf of.
The site density is 44 dwellings per hectare, which is lower than the overall density for the local area. The architect for the scheme is Birmingham-based residential design specialist BM3. The accommodation mix comprises four one-bedroom maisonettes, nine two-bedroom houses, 21 three-bedroom houses, two two-bedroom bungalows and two three-bedroom bungalows.
The new development will be constructed in red brick with striking rendered features and all 38 homes will have designated parking provision. It is anticipated that work will be able to commence on site in July 2020. Couch Consulting is the Engineer for the project and Waldeck Consulting is the Employers Agent.
Steve Davies, Managing Director of Living Space Housing said: “We are delighted to have a Resolution to Grant for our Park Road scheme, which was achieved during the Coronavirus lockdown via a virtual Committee meeting. Having engaged in constructive pre-application discussions with the Local Planning Authority and then having worked closely with key consultees throughout the planning application process, we are delighted to have developed a positive working relationship with the Council, which we can look to build upon in the near future on other known development opportunities.
“This is our third development in Telford in quick succession and we are looking to bring forward three more sites in the town to help address the Local Authority’s affordable housing needs. We are also actively seeking other immediate and longer-term development opportunities and have the funding in place to progress these deals. We would encourage agents, developers and landowners to get in touch and explore how Living Space Housing can offer a safe and viable alternative for your residential land.”
Living Space is a development-led residential planning, design and construction services solution for Registered Providers, PRS Funds, the NHS, Universities and Defence Estates. Having launched to the market last year, the company is already on site at its first three developments. It has a total of 357 residential plots under control across the Midlands, representing a combined construction value in excess of £41million.
Four weeks ago, the company announced that it has secured a 6.3-acre site off Majestic Way in Telford from Homes England, with the disposal being managed by Telford & Wrekin Council as part of the Telford Land Deal.
Living Space’s first three live development sites comprise 26 homes located off Britannia Way in central Telford, 51 homes at Pixiefields in Cradley, on the outskirts of Malvern, Herefordshire and 48 homes at the former Victoria Carpets Sports Ground on the outskirts of Kidderminster town centre in Worcestershire. All are mixed-tenure schemes. The latter two are in conjunction with leading affordable housing provider Stonewater, while Living Space’s remit covers all aspects of land acquisition, planning, development and construction.
Providing an end-to-end service to Registered Providers (RPs) enables them to deliver more homes with greater efficiency. Living Space can also assist RPs by delivering open market homes in order to help with a scheme’s viability. This enables Living Space’s clients to be able to focus on the funding and management of high-quality homes for their residents.