Nearly 100 homes making headway in north of Plymouth
Our new homes at the former Southway Primary School are progressing, with contractor Galliford Try Partnerships beginning to lay foundations.
The Bampfylde Way development – known as Brentor View – is a landmark one for us as it was the first site the housing provider earmarked for development outside of North Prospect.
We met with Galliford Try and Plymouth City Council representatives on site to review the development’s progress.
Plymouth City Council agreed to sell us the site back in 2013 as part of its Plan for Homes to free up more land for housing.
The £14.2m project includes £3.3m of grant funding from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).
Galliford Try Partnerships is building 95 timber-framed homes, 55 for affordable rent and 40 for shared ownership sale through SO Living.
The scheme hosts an on-site Skills Academy, which offers training and work experience for local people. The Academy gives learners basic theoretical and practical training on a live construction site, as well as work experience placements, site visits and careers advice.
Academy trainees have also been working with the local community centre in Southway on renovating their outdoor space.
The development will also see us make a contribution towards improving the playing fields to the north of the site for community use.
Andrew Lawrie, Head of Development at PCH, said: “Being able to provide nearly 100 affordable homes for local people is great news. I’m pleased we’re also able to offer employment and training opportunities during construction.
“It’s with thanks to the close working partnership with Plymouth City Council and the HCA that we’ve managed to get the scheme to where it is today.”
Galliford Try Partnerships South West Managing Director Andrew Johnston said: “We are delighted to be working again with Plymouth Community Homes to provide these much-needed new homes within the city.
“Alongside providing quality housing for the people of Plymouth, the development at Bampfylde Way will provide training and work experience opportunities for local people, offering the chance to develop their skills and create relationships which could lead to full time employment or further training.”
Councillor Steve Ricketts, Cabinet Member for Transport and Housing Delivery, said: “It is great to see the progress that the site has already made and it was a real privilege to be there to see the foundations laid.
“Ensuring that there are quality homes in the city is one of the Council's key objectives and I can't wait to see the finished product.”
Galliford Try Partnerships is currently building homes for us at nearby Porsham Heights, on the former Southway Campus in Skerries Road.