28 October 2016
Thursday marked the start of construction of 212 quality new homes in the heart of Leamington Spa
Building on vacant land behind the station, Waterloo Housing Group and local builder A C Lloyd will construct 212 homes on the site at Station Approach.
The new development will cost £32million to build and will provide brand new homes on this underused brownfield site, excluding the area occupied by Stagecoach. These will comprise over 50 homes for outright sale, 75 Shared Ownership homes and 85 Affordable/Rented homes, and represent a significant development of much-needed new homes for the area.
Waterloo Housing Group has worked closely with Warwick District Council to bring this development about. The project has also received direct financial assistance from the Government through Homes and Communities Agency grant funding of £4.65 million.
In addition to the new homes, there will be a new 100 space public car parking area provided by Warwick District Council, and Stagecoach will be relocating its Leamington depot to a brand new facility in Poseidon Way, which is being built by A C Lloyd.
More information and updates on construction and information for local residents and commuters can be found at http://www.waterloo.org.uk/stationapproach
Anthony Riley of Waterloo Housing Group commented that “we are very pleased to get on site to start building. We believe the 160 new affordable rented and shared ownership homes being built as part of this development will help meet the definite shortage of good quality, secure, affordable homes in the town. We want to record our thanks to Stagecoach and AC Lloyd for their work on putting the project together and, last but not least, the on-going support of the District Council in helping to assemble the site and develop out the new homes which will improve the appearance and character of this part of town”.
Cllr Andrew Mobbs (Leader of Warwick District Council) said:
“The start on site of this regeneration marks the culmination of several years of work by the Council and all our partners from both the public and private sectors. The involvement of Waterloo Housing, who bought the Station Approach car park site in 2013, was critical to this and we are delighted that they are leading on a proposal to introduce a significant number of new homes into the heart of Leamington, many of which will be affordable.”
Cllr Stephen Cross (Development Portfolio Holder – Warwick District Council) commented:
“This Council is committed to bringing brown field sites such as this back into use wherever possible, particularly where this can help meet our housing need. This development is a great opportunity to do this in a way which will lift this vitally important part of the town, regenerating the area and providing a much improved gateway for people arriving in Leamington by train.”
Alistair Clark, Director at AC Lloyd, is delighted that the scheme has finally started on site. “This has been an incredibly challenging scheme with multiple land owners and much credit goes to Waterloo for their perseverance in piecing everything together. It is a really exciting development breathing life back into this brownfield site. We would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding during the building work”
Karl Tupling, the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA)’s Executive Director for the Midlands, said: “The start of work on site this week is a significant step forward in making these new homes a reality. The HCA is pleased to be working with Network Rail, the local authority and Waterloo to redevelop this area and help local people to have access to a home of their own.”
Steve Burn of Stagecoach said: “Stagecoach Midlands has been delighted to work with Waterloo Housing and A C Lloyd on this project, which will not only benefit the local community through the building of these much needed new affordable rented and shared ownership homes, but also through the creation of a new modern depot to operate my company's Leamington services from, which will have improved, state of the art engineering facilities”