Nottingham City Council has appointed mixed-tenure developer, Countryside, to build over 350 homes in Bestwood.
The homes are expected to be built on the site of the former Padstow School and Ridgeway playing field, subject to planning permission, with 108 of the new builds set to be council homes for affordable rent.
Once built, the council homes will be owned by the Council and managed by Nottingham City Homes, with the remaining homes retained by Countryside for private sale.
Cllr Linda Woodings, portfolio holder for planning and housing at Nottingham City Council, said: ‘There has been a long-standing ambition to create new homes on these sites at Padstow and Ridgeway. By providing new, good quality homes to rent and buy, this development will help towards Nottingham’s housing shortage, and the council’s commitment to build or buy 1,000 new council or social homes for rent.
‘Having a mix of housing of affordable homes for rent and private sale, will provide those people who have grown up or live in Bestwood, with a greater choice in the type of housing on offer. This will help those who wish to stay in the area to raise their families to do so, as well as attracting new households into the neighbourhood.’
Open space will be preserved in the development, including the landmark poplar trees at the centre of the former school site, where a new play area will be made, alongside the addition of new footpaths and cycle routes to access local amenities.
Chief executive at Nottingham City Homes, Nick Murphy, said: ‘It is great to see that 108 new council homes could be coming to Bestwood as part of this major development. There is a high demand for affordable council homes to rent in this area and we know that Nottingham residents on the waiting list would welcome the chance to bid for these new homes if the development is given the go ahead.’
Countryside is hoping to submit a planning application in the Autumn, with construction expected to start in 2022 if planning permission is attained.
In related news, Caerphilly County Borough Council are set to deliver new energy efficient homes in Trecenydd, funded by the Welsh government’s Innovative Housing Programme.
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