CONSTRUCTION has started on a new affordable housing scheme in Bearley.
The scheme has been supported by Stratford District Council, which has made some of the land available and provided capital grant funding to enable it to go ahead.
It is being built on a former garage court off Oaktree Close, and includes seven homes for rent – a mix of one bedroom maisonettes, two bedroom bungalows and two and three bedroom houses. The weekly rents range from £91 to £130 plus service charges.
The houses are being built under the council’s ‘Local Need’ initiative, which supports housing schemes meeting an identified local need, including on sites like this located in the West Midlands green belt. It is also supported by the Bearley Neighbourhood Development Plan, prepared by the parish council and the community.
The scheme is being developed by Warwickshire Rural Housing Association which specialises in affordable homes for rural communities, working in partnership with Orbit Group.
A particular feature of the scheme is the modular construction method of building. This helps overcome problems with building on a small site and speeds up the construction process. It also aims to result in higher standards of energy efficiency.
The scheme is expected to be completed during 2022.