A turf-cutting ceremony has marked the start of construction on Stoney Meadow, a new development of affordable homes in North Mundham, near Chichester.
Social housing provider Stonewater is working with local developers Hamlet Homes and Chichester District Council on this scheme which will provide 25 much-needed affordable homes for rent and shared ownership in the village.
The construction of the homes will combine the use of traditional methods with a sympathetic village design. Each of the new properties will have private gardens and designated parking. The development, which is three miles away from Chichester town centre, will include two central public open spaces and a public art feature.
“High private rents and unaffordable house prices in the Chichester area are forcing young people and their families out of the local community and further away from where they live and work,” says Marie Riordan, Stonewater’s Regional Development Manager. “These new homes at Stoney Meadow address a real need in the village for genuinely affordable homes which are vital to sustaining local shops, businesses and services.”
Stonewater has financed the scheme which has received a contribution of £595,000 funding from the Homes and Communities Agency. The development is due for completion in March 2018.
Image: Representatives from organisations involved in the new affordable housing development in North Mundham join Stonewater to celebrate the start of work with a turf-cutting ceremony