We have an ambitious house building programme, designed to deliver much needed homes to Stevenage residents. We have recently completed three new housing schemes in the town.
The development at Burwell Court completed in February 2020, and comprises of 15 one and two bedroom apartments for social rent. This is a welcome addition to our new build portfolio.
Constructed over a two year period, this attractive, three storey scheme in the Bandley Hill ward is on the site of the former 'March Hare' pub. The pub had sat empty and was a source of anti-social behaviour issues in the local area when we took possession and developed plans for the site.
Blackwell Close completed in November 2019 where 15 new homes for Stevenage residents. The homes, a mixture of flats and houses, offer spacious living areas with large gardens and Chells Park on the doorstep.
The homes have been well received by the new residents and a welcome event was held for them once they had moved in.
Ditchmore Lane is a scheme which includes two Victorian and one Georgian building in the Old Town. The properties were dilapidated and in a state of disrepair until a scheme was designed sympathetically restore and renovate the properties. They have been converted into 10 apartments for private sale, the proceeds of which will be used to build additional affordable housing in the town.
Throughout the renovation, the council were sensitive to the historic nature of the buildings and restored and refurbished the historic elements where possible. These included rebuilding the front perimeter wall with reclaimed bricks, reinstated the timber sash windows to the front of the properties and relayed the roof with the correct materials.
The Twin Foxes was the first pub in Stevenage New Town and was named after identical twin poachers, the Fox brothers, who lived in the area from the 19th century.
The rundown pub in Rockingham Way closed in 2012 and become a hot-spot for a lot of anti-social behaviour. The site was seen as an opportunity to build new homes and improve the area and sense of community.
Local school children at St Nicholas School took part in an art and poetry competition, capturing the local community, the pub’s history and aspects of building and construction. The winning entries were displayed on the site’s hoardings during the development.
The pub was demolished in 2017 to make way for 14 new one and two bedroom flats for social rent. The scheme, costing £1.2 million, was completed in October 2018 and an official opening was organised for the new residents of Twin Foxes House.
Shephall Way - on site
This was originally home to a doctor’s surgery until the building was purchased under auction. The council took this opportunity to design a scheme to build 9 apartments for social rent.
Construction is underway and should be complete in early 2021.
The completed building will be named after Christopher Addison who started the first programme of publicly funded local authority housing schemes.
In 2019, we celebrated 100 years of social housing and the centenary of the Addison Act 1919. To celebrate the occasion, we have planted a time capsule on site with relevant items within. Pupils from Peartree Spring Primary School and Featherstone Wood Primary School took part in an art competition to draw what they thought housing would look like in 100 years’ time. The Winning entries were included in the time capsule.
Symonds Green – on site
We are currently developing a three story building that will provide 29 units of social rented accommodation.
The site is the former location of Symonds Green Community Centre annexe on Scarborough Avenue.
The development will deliver units of one, two and three bed accommodation over a semi-basement car park. The local community and elected members have been continuously involved in the design process and the scheme has been subject to several design changes to ensure that it provides quality for residents and the surrounding area.
The development will provide funding to positively impact primary and secondary education, sustainable transport improvement, improvement of children’s play space and affordable housing through the section 106 agreement.
North Road – on site
The site was originally home to a residential home, with accommodation over two-and-a-half storeys. The vacant building was given approval for demolition in August 2018 and planning permission for the main build was granted fully in January 2020.
The scheme will consist of 21 one and two bedroom apartments, all for private sale. The largest apartments, on the fourth floor of the building, benefit from the penthouse style window with a generous private balcony area.
A show home for prospective buyers will be available in summer 2021 and completion of the whole project is due towards the end of 2021.
Demolition complete and due to begin construction works
The Kenilworth scheme will deliver 236 new homes; 50% of which will be affordable and social rented homes. The scheme will also comprise of new community shops and an independent living scheme. An improved parking layout will be provided and more valuable structured open green spaces.
The development will include a mix of properties for sale, affordable rent and also for social rent to meet the needs of a diverse local community. The scheme will include a roof terrace garden and retail and leisure facilities. There will be a new state of the art independent living scheme consisting of one and two bedroom apartments. The need for independent living properties for the elderly in Stevenage is increasing, with an anticipated 64% rise in the number of over 65s in the town between 2011 and 2031.